Plymouth Utilities to be part of state’s largest solar energy center

Plymouth Utilities will meet more of its customers’ electricity needs with power harnessed from the sun thanks to a recently announced agreement between Plymouth Utilities not-for-profit power supplier, WPPI Energy, and NextEra Energy Resources.

WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources recently announced plans to build a 100 megawatt solar energy center – Wisconsin’s largest – with a capacity to serve more than 23,000 people with affordable, clean energy. “This solar energy center adds diversity to help us meet WPPI Energy member utilities’ long-term needs in a way that’s more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us,” said Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy. “In addition, our membership has achieved significant emissions reductions over the past 10 years, and the clean, renewable energy generated by this project will help us continue that effort.”

NextEra Energy Resources plans to build and operate the Point Beach Solar Energy Center on land adjacent to its existing Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers. The project is scheduled to come online in 2021. WPPI Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the electricity from the solar energy center to serve its 51 member utilities across Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa, including Plymouth Utilities.

“In 2016, Plymouth Utilities extended our long-term power supply contract through December 31, 2055 with WPPI Energy. One reason we extended our long-term contract was to allow our local utility to share resources and pool our purchasing power with other municipal utilities to provide long-term reliable and affordable electricity. The WPPI Energy and NextEra power purchase agreement is an example of that joint action philosophy,” said City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges.

For more information about WPPI Energy visit www.wppienergy.org. For information about NextEra Energy Resources visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.


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