U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and other local legislators joined Xcel Energy and SolarConnect Community subscribers on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the program’s second solar garden at a ribbon cutting near Cashton, Wis.
“This is another exciting day for Xcel Energy and the founding members of our SolarConnect Community program,” said Mark Stoering, president, Xcel Energy-Wisconsin. “This project completes the second phase of a program that allows subscribers to benefit from another source of renewable energy in our service territory.”
The first of three 1-megawatt community solar gardens went online in October 2017 in Eau Claire. Construction on the Cashton solar garden was completed earlier this year.
“I am proud to see Xcel Energy take steps to address our nation’s changing climate and invest in carbon free technology,” said Kind. “In order to make a smooth transition to clean energy, we must encourage partnerships that will address Wisconsin’s unique energy needs and make our communities stronger.”
Xcel Energy is also moving forward with a third and final garden in Ashland, which will be online later this year.