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Overview: Silver Maple, LLC (Silver Maple or applicant) is proposing a 200 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) photovoltaic (PV) solar electric generation facility in the Towns of Eldorado and Rosendale in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and the Town of Nekimi in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. The project is planned to be constructed within approximately 2,200 acres and would consist of PV panels, trackers, inverters, transformers, underground electric collection lines, access roads, a meteorological station, security fencing, a project substation, a generator tie line connecting the project substation to the existing electrical grid, and an operations and maintenance facility. A battery energy storage system (BESS) is not being considered at this time. Silver Maple is seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) and all other approvals and authorizations required to construct, install, operate, and maintain the 200 MWAC project.
Applicant stated need: This project is proposed by an independent power producer. Therefore, the need for the project is not reviewed by the Commission.
Estimated cost: This project is proposed by an independent power producer. Therefore, the Commission does not review the project cost. The cost to Wisconsin utilities, and ratepayers, would be reviewed when the power from the facility is purchased by Wisconsin utilities.
Project location: The project would be in the Towns of Eldorado and Rosendale in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and the Town of Nekimi in Winnebago County, Wisconsin.
- The project was submitted to the Commission in February 2023.
- If approved, construction is anticipated to start in early 2024 and would be placed in service by the end of 2025.
The solar electric generation facility is a
Type III action under
Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 4.10(3). The Commission will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project that will evaluate the location of the project and its potential environmental, community, and private property impacts. There will be a preliminary determination when the EA is complete that will determine whether the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary. Comments on this preliminary determination will be accepted and considered before a final determination is made. At the time of the preliminary determination, the Commission shall make copies of the EA available to those persons that request it.
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