Point Beach Solar Project

Point Beach Solar Project | PSC Docket ID: 9802-CE-100

Project Summary
  • Point Beach Solar, LLC is proposing a 100 megawatt photovoltaic (PV) solar electric generating facility. The project would be located on approximately 565 acres of primarily agricultural land in the town of Two Creeks, Wisconsin. The major components of the project would include the PV panels, power conversion units, collector circuits, a collector substation, and a 138 kilovolt transmission line and interconnection switchyard. The solar arrays and substation would be fenced, and the applicant has provided some alternative solar array sites for evaluation.

  • Applicant stated need: This project is proposed by an independent power producer, Point Beach Solar, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. As such, the need for the project is not reviewed by the Commission. Point Beach Solar states that the energy output would be sold to WPPI Energy through a Power Purchase Agreement.

  • Estimated cost:This project is proposed by an independent power producer, and the Commission does not review the project cost or need. The cost to Wisconsin utilities, and ratepayers, would be reviewed when the power from the facility is purchased by Wisconsin utilities.

  • Project Location (see map): The town of Two Creeks, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

  • Proposed schedule: The application was submitted to the Commission on May 3, 2019. The Commission is reviewing the project, with no firm schedule as to a decision date at this time. The environmental analysis will occur over the summer with a potential completion date in September, 2019. If approved, the proposed construction schedule for this project is to begin in August 2020. The project is proposed to be completed and in service by October 2021.
Key Project Documents
Opportunities for Public Participation

Public Comments can be provided in person, in writing, or via the Commission's website using the comment feature during several periods during the project review.

Environmental Assessment public scoping meetings will be held on Monday, July 1st, 2019, with one starting at 2:00 p.m. and another starting at 6:00p.m. at Lester Public Library – Community Room, 1001 Adams Street, Two Rivers, WI, 54241. These meetings are identical sessions in an open house format (not a formal presentation). Staff from the Commission and DNR will have copies of the application materials and maps for the public to review. Staff can answer questions about the review process and the application. People are encouraged to attend and provide comments about the project and its environmental impacts. Those comments will be used by staff during the analysis of the project.

Additional opportunities for public participation include the opportunity to comment on the environmental assessment of the project (likely in September), and the public hearing comment period (possibly September or October). Notifications for these comment periods will be sent to the mailing list for this project, and you can be added to this mailing list by contacting Commission staff.

For more information on becoming involved in the Commission review of construction cases, please visit our public participation page, or call one of the Project contacts listed below.

 
Statutory Review
  • This project is being treated as a Type 3 action under Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 4.10(3).Type III actions normally do not require preparation of an EA or an environmental impact statement (EIS) under Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 4.10(3). However, an evaluation of a specific Type III proposal may indicate that the preparation of an EA is warranted for that proposal. The Commission will prepare an 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 EIS 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 ofthe EA available to those persons that request it.

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