February 25 (SeeNews) - Dairyland Power Cooperative said Wednesday it has signed agreements with two developers to buy electricity from 15 MW of new solar sites in Wisconsin.
The contracts with GroSolar and SoCore Energy cover 12 solar facilities ranging between 500 kW and 2.5 MW in size. The developers will install, own, operate and maintain the arrays. The first projects are expected to start operations in the summer, with others continuing to come online into the autumn, according to the announcement. The deal with GroSolar is for one 2.5-MW installation, and with SoCore Energy for the rest.
The agreements come in response to a request for proposals (RfP) for solar generation resources issued by Dairyland last year. The cooperative said that it was continuing negotiations for additional solar resources in its service territory and that further project announcements were expected to be made in the near future.
Together, the 12 solar installations, which will be tracking system, will be able to produce enough energy to power over 2,500 homes. They represent Dairyland's largest solar investment so far.
Dairyland provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities.