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Wisconsin’s Manitowoc Public Utilities Secures Community Solar Project Site

Wisconsin public power utility Manitowoc Public Utilities on April 10 reported that it has secured a site for a community solar project. MPU is building the facility with GRNE Solar.

MPU recently signed a lease with the City of Manitowoc to utilize the space, which is an old gravel pit, for solar panels as part of the utility’s new community solar program.

The program “is intended to give customers the opportunity to participate in solar without the upfront cost that rooftop solar panels require,” MPU said. Additionally, the site will offer optimal panel placement, which is hard to accomplish on residential homes, it said. The 20-year project is offered to current MPU electric customers.

Blocks of solar are available for subscription in 1 kilowatt increments, up to 20 kW, on a first-come, first-serve basis. The project developer will be installing the 1,000 KW solar generation facility with work anticipated to begin in May and with an expected completion date of November.