April 22, 2021 - The Public Service Commission of WI has approved Alliant Energy’s proposed buildout of six new solar energy facilities, including Wood County Solar Project. This marks another major milestone for Wood County Solar Project. More information is coming soon.
April 9, 2021 - Recently, a notification was posted about the upcoming tree harvesting at the site for Wood County Solar Project. It has been confirmed that this activity is expected to begin on April 12, 2021. To view the map showing the tree harvesting area, click HERE.
We are talking with local mills on ways the harvested wood can be used to produce beneficial products. While much of the wood is expected to meet the mills’ 4-inch thickness requirements, any wood/stumps that doesn’t meet the mills’ requirements or cannot be accepted on a timeline that meets the project’s requirements will be chipped. The chipped wood is expected to be used in three ways: sent to a local bio-mass plant, used on-site, and some will be made available free for use by community residents.
The hiring process is well underway for this project. Burns & McDonnell is the general contractor for this project, and they will be overseeing all work. Once construction begins, there will be four local trade groups performing the work for Wood County Solar Project:
Carpenters from Local 804 based in Junction City
Laborers from Local 268 based in Eau Claire
Operating Engineers from Local 139 of Wood, Portage, Marathon, Clark, and Langlade Counties
IBEW Electricians from Local 388 based in Stevens Point
There is no expected change in groundwater due to the project. However, well testing will take place. The first sample has been taken as a baseline, and the results will be provided to the Town and County. There will be follow-up tests, at a minimum, over the next several years to ensure the solar array's presence does not affect groundwater.
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
April 6, 2021 - This week, at the Wood County Solar Project location, you’ll begin to notice surveyors on-site. You may also notice TNT Loggers and Ryan Inc/Homer Tree Service dropping off their equipment as they get ready to begin tree harvesting this month.
In other news, Wood County Solar Project, LLC has completed the purchase of all the land that is needed for the 150 megawatt solar project, including land near the interconnection point on the transmission line.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin voted unanimously on January 7, 2021 in approval to build the Wood County Solar Project. We are very excited to continue developing a project that works for this community and contributes to the carbon-free electricity goals of Wisconsin. Proud to be the first solar project passed by the PSC in 2021!
March 8, 2021 – As a reminder, the project’s state permit application was approved by the PSC back in January. The next step for Wood County Solar Project is to begin tree harvesting on the project site. We expect to file the permits this week in order to begin work in late March or early April and should wrap up by late summer.
Wood County Solar Project, LLC is working in partnership with Alliant Energy, the Town of Saratoga, and the Wood County community to ensure the tree harvesting process meets community standards, is completed as sustainably as possible, and in alignment with the overall project objectives and timelines. READ MORE
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.
July 12, 2021 - With final approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), ownership of Wood County Solar Project officially transitions to Alliant Energy. The 150-megawatt project will be located in the Town of Saratoga, which is about seven miles south of Wisconsin Rapids. More information can be found in the press release here.