Wood County Solar Project | 9803-CE-100 and 9803-CE-101

Project Summary
  • Overview: Wood County Solar Project, LLC (WCSP) is proposing a (PV) solar electric generating facility capable of generating approximately 150 MW of AC power. The project would require approximately 1,882 acres of upland forested land in the Town of Saratoga in Wood County, Wisconsin. Major components of the project include a substation, laydown yard, transformer, junction boxes, the collection system, and an operations and management (O&M) building. An approximately 4-mile 138- kV transmission line would also be required to connect the solar facility to the existing electric transmission grid. 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, Wood County Solar Project, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Savion, LLC. As such, the need for the project is not reviewed by the Commission. WCSP states that the project would ultimately be owned by a Wisconsin utility.

  • 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: The Town of Saratoga in Wood County, Wisconsin (see map).

  • Proposed schedule:
    • The application was submitted to the Commission on March 16, 2020.

    • 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 next several months and a Commission decision may occur in the fall of 2020.

    • If approved, the proposed construction schedule for this project is to begin in July, 2021. The project is proposed to be completed and in service by November, 2022.
Key Project Documents

As documents become available, hyperlinks will be added. Additionally, you can view all documents filed in this docket on Commission's Case Management System (CMS) page under dockets 9803-CE-100 (solar facility construction) and 9803-CE-101 (transmission line construction)

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 (date and times have not yet been confirmed) will be held 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, and the public hearing comment period. 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 the PSC Case Coordinator for this project listed below under project contacts.

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
  • The solar electric generation facility is 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 of the EA available to those persons that request it.

Project Contacts

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