Solar energy project divides rural Wisconsin county

Ken Wunderlin, pictured Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, has agreed to rent 160 acres of his Iowa County, Wis. farm, where he raises grain and cattle, to a developer planning a 300-megawatt solar electricity project. Wunderlin said it's a good way to earn money while supporting clean energy and taking farmland out of production at no cost to taxpayers. Photo: AP/ Chris Hubbuch, Wisconsin State Journal
Ken Wunderlin, pictured Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, has agreed to rent 160 acres of his Iowa County, Wis. farm, where he raises grain and cattle, to a developer planning a 300-megawatt solar electricity project. Wunderlin said it's a good way to earn money while supporting clean energy and taking farmland out of production at no cost to taxpayers.

January 01, 2019 07:58 AM

Residents in a rural Wisconsin county are split over a Chicago developer's plan to work with two Wisconsin utilities to build a solar farm that would include more than 1 million solar panels.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Badger Hollow Solar Farm proposed by Invenergy would cover 2,700 acres in Iowa County and could power more than 70,000 homes. The project is seeking a permit from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

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