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On Wisconsin! Four Energy Innovations Worth Cheering About

Energy Innovations taking shape in Wisconsin

By: | October 26, 2015 11:12 am

Did you realize Wisconsin Energy Innovations are coming to life in new programs and technology?

From community solar arrays to LED street lighting, to an exciting center that promotes careers in energy, to access to new renewable wind sources, Xcel Energy’s service areas in Wisconsin are seeing transformational

Thousands of residential customers in western and northern Wisconsin now have a choice for accessing locally sourced solar energy
changes benefiting residents and businesses alike. Read on…

1) New Solar Gardens will be Wisconsin’s largest

Progress is being made on the new Solar*Connect Community, which will make it easier than ever to use Wisconsin-based solar energy. We plan to have subscription pricing available by the end of this year and have the array operational in mid to late 2016  in time to maximize current Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar. Read more about this innovative program here.

Read more about this innovative program here.

2) Brighter Street lighting with 40-60 percent Less Electricity Use

Hudson, North Hudson, Ellsworth and Prescott were the first of nearly 200 communities in western and northern Wisconsin to convert to high-efficiency LED street lighting. Over the next five years more than 25,000 street lights will be switched to LED, providing increased visibility, less light pollution, enhanced security along with energy and financial savings for communities. Read more details here.

Read more details here.

3) New CapX2020 Lines Provide Link to Wind Energy 

Now Wisconsin is even closer to more renewable energy thanks to the completion and energizing of 90 miles of high voltage transmission line connecting Holmen, Wis., to Pine Island, Minn. Also supporting this state-of-the-art initiative are two new substations to ensure reliability, reduce congestion and increase access to regional renewable energy options. And this project was finalized on time and on budget!

Watch CapX2020 crews work over the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

4) New facility Chippewa Valley Technical College (CCTV) brings Energy Careers to Life

The new Energy Education Center at CVTC is now home to energy career programs including Electrical Power Distribution and Lineworker Apprentice.

The design and the technologies of the building provide learning opportunities for students to interact with the building’s energy management systems and then monitor the building’s energy usage and efficiencies. This cutting-edge energy environment is a great place for students to refine skills that are so useful in today’s workforce.

Learn more here.

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A self-professed energy nerd, Paul loves to explore how technology trends are bringing convenience and surprising benefits to our lives.

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