WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources on Jan. 30 unveiled plans to build a 100-megawatt solar energy center.
WPPI Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the electricity from the solar energy center to serve its member utilities and customers.
"This solar energy center adds diversity to WPPI Energy's power supply portfolio in a way that's more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us," said Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy.
"In addition, WPPI Energy has achieved significant emissions reductions over the past 10 years, and the clean, renewable energy generated by this project will help us continue that effort," he said.
NextEra Energy Resources plans to build and operate the Point Beach Solar Energy Center on land adjacent to its existing Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
The Point Beach Solar Energy Center is scheduled to come online in 2021 and when completed will be the largest such facility in Wisconsin.
NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of investor-owned utility NextEra Energy. NextEra Energy Resources is a leading developer of renewable energy in the U.S.
WPPI Energy is a regional power company serving 51 locally-owned, public power electric utilities. Through WPPI Energy, these public power utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.
WPPI Energy's existing portfolio of resources includes a variety of renewable energy sources. It has several long-term purchased power agreements tied to various renewable energy facilities including several wind farms.