Green Bay — Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is celebrating two significant solar energy milestones this month. The company announced Dec. 1, 2021, the first phase of the Badger Hollow Solar Park is now powering homes across Wisconsin, while the first large-scale solar facility in state history, the Two Creeks Solar Park, marks one year in service with some impressive statistics.

Since November 2020, the 150-megawatt (MW) Two Creeks Solar Park has produced enough energy to:

  • Power more than 64 million smartphones for a year.
  • Run more than 515,000 refrigerators for a year.
  • Power more than 2,500 home games at Lambeau Field.

A view of some of the nearly 500,000 solar panels at the first phase of the Badger Hollow Solar Park in southwest Wisconsin.

Despite several inches of snow, bitterly cold temperatures, humid summer days and damaging thunderstorms, Two Creeks Solar Park reliably served homes and businesses throughout the year.

Shining bright with innovative technology
The completion of the first phase of Badger Hollow Solar Park doubles the amount of solar energy being delivered to WPS customers. Phase one of the facility came online this week, and is capable of producing 150 MW of solar generation, which is equal to powering 45,000 homes. It features nearly 500,000 state-of-the-art panels that capture solar energy on both sides, as well as a tracking system that rotates the panels to follow the path of the sun.

WPS and Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) jointly own the Two Creeks Solar Park and the first phase of the Badger Hollow Solar Park. The energy produced at the sites serves customers of both companies, with WPS owning 200 MW and MGE 100 MW of the capacity.

Building a bright, sustainable future through clean energy
Both Two Creeks Solar Park and Badger Hollow I Solar Park are important components of WPS and its parent company WEC Energy Group’s focus on reducing carbon emissions. WEC Energy Group’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions 80% by the end of 2030 and to make its electric generation fleet net carbon neutral by 2050. The company also has announced plans to transition away from coal as a fuel source by 2035.