A Bright

Future for

Wood County

Wood County Solar Project, LLC

Wood County Solar Project, LLC is proposing a 150 MW solar energy facility in Wood County, Wisconsin. We are excited to be working in partnership with county officials and landowners to bring Wood County residents the opportunity to host a clean, environmentally compatible, renewable energy generation installation.

Benefits of a Solar Energy Project

A solar project provides a healthy, productive economic development opportunity for local land to harvest a stable cash crop – the sun. Benefits include positive impacts to the local economy through tax revenues to local governments and support to other local services. Host communities typically experience economic boosts for local businesses and supply chains and the opportunities for new jobs – primarily during the construction phase.  

 

In addition to being safe and compatible with agricultural and rural residential uses, solar energy facilities exist in harmony with wildlife and the environment. They make good neighbors because they operate almost silently without producing odor or byproducts; or attracting additional traffic.

 

In the bigger picture, solar energy projects provide an abundant, earth-friendly, sustainable power resource to help stabilize electricity costs. These amazing systems lessen carbon emissions and contribute to the diversification of the nation’s electricity grid.

Local Economic Impacts

Hundreds of local jobs are expected to be generated during the project's construction phase.

Solar power facilities provide positive impacts to the local economy through increased revenues to local governments and the creation of new jobs during construction. In addition, throughout the development and construction phases, host communities can experience an economic surge for the local supply chain including increased spending at hotels, restaurants, stores, gas stations, and other goods and services in the area.  

Dear Wood County community: 

As the COVID-19 situation continues, please know the safety and well-being of our project host community residents remains to be our top priority.

 

We are still taking precautions and have implemented plans to ensure that our teams are working in a safe environment. We are also thinking about you, your families, and your businesses, so we will be following the CDC recommendations in terms of social distancing and limited travel while work continues on the project.

Please do not hesitate to reach out directly if you have any questions.

 

We wish you health and safety during this time, 

 

Mark Mauersberger

Development Director

mmauersberger@savionenergy.com

 

Drew Gibbons

Senior Development Director

dgibbons@savionenergy.com

 
 
 

Facts

Location

The Wood County Solar Project is located south of State Highway 73 [more specifically...south of Sevenmile Creek] and west of State Highway 13, approximately 7 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids.

View map of project site & easement route alternatives

View zoomed in map of project site only

View zoomed in map of easement route alternatives only

Size & Acres

The project size is estimated to be 1,650 acres in the town of Saratoga. However, the project, which consists of all solar components and infrastructure, will occupy approximately 1,200 acres of the project area based on the current design.

Interconnection

March 2018: Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) interconnection submitted

November 2020: Interconnection Agreement Execution (expected)

Project News

May 26, 2020 - Alliant Energy released an announcement that they have entered into an agreement with Savion to acquire the Wood County Solar Project upon completion of the development process.

The news was part of a six-county Wisconsin solar announcement that includes two Savion solar projects: Wood County Solar Project and Richland County Solar Project. Savion will continue to lead the development work on the project and will be working with Alliant Energy to ensure the community remains informed at each phase in the process. Savion will continue to work with the community to ensure the project is developed responsibly.

 

To read the Alliant Energy news announcement, please click here

To read the Savion press release, please click here.

 

The Wood County Solar Project has submitted its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity application to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC); and we anticipate that it will take the PSC approximately one year to issue its decision on the Project. During this period, there will be multiple opportunities for public comment, including a public hearing held in the local community. No dates have been set as of yet, but we will continue to keep the community informed of key updates throughout the

PSC process. 

Project Update

 
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Want to Connect?

Without the vision and partnership of county officials and supportive community members, solar power facilities would not be possible. With gratitude, we want to recognize the residents of the Town of Saratoga and Wood County for their support and ambition to secure a bright future for their community through an economic contributor like Wood County Solar Project.

Our team is proud to be working with the Wood County community on this solar project:

 

Mark Mauersberger

Development Director

Emily Truebner

Vice President of Permitting & Environmental

Please provide your contact info below and send us a message:
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CONTACT

715-273-8081

We are pausing regular office hours until further notice due to public health concerns. Please feel free to reach out via email or phone.

 

Office address:

8841 Hwy 13 South

Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Office hours:

Mon: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wed: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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