Xcel Energy in developing Solar*Connect Community, 1MW solar gardens each in Eau Claire and La Crosse. The program is now more than 90 percent subscribed. The City of Eau Claire subscribed for 116 kW of solar electricity to fully offset their electric use at the public swimming pool. Eau Claire County, Stanley Boyd School District, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Village of North Hudson, Menominee School District and Fort McCoy are other public subscribers. In addition to local government use, more than 20 businesses and 80 homeowners are subscribers. In La Crosse, Gundersen Health, Mayo and Marshfield Clinics subscribed.
Groundbreaking of the community solar garden in Eau Claire. Photo courtesy of Xcel Energy.