Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is adding another source of renewable energy for its customers. The company has received verbal approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to purchase the Red Barn Wind Farm, a wind energy facility being built in southwestern Wisconsin.
Once completed, the Red Barn Wind Farm will be WPS’ largest wind facility in Wisconsin. The project will feature 28 turbines capable of generating 92 megawatts (MW), which is equal to powering about 40,000 homes. The facility will be located in Grant County, near the village of Montfort.
WPS and Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) will jointly own the Red Barn Wind Farm, with WPS owning 82 MW and MGE 10 MW of the capacity. Construction of the project is expected to be finished by the end of this year.
Investing in renewable energy in Wisconsin
The Red Barn Wind Farm is the latest step by WPS and its parent company, WEC Energy Group, to deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy. In the past two years, the company has brought Wisconsin’s first large-scale solar projects online and announced plans for more solar and battery storage facilities.
Aggressively reducing carbon emissions
WEC Energy Group’s renewable energy investments are part of the company’s work to build a bright, sustainable future. The company recently announced plans to transition away from coal as a fuel source by 2035. Its long-term goal is to make its electric generation fleet net carbon neutral by 2050.
In addition to the Red Barn Wind Farm, WPS also owns 61 MW of the capacity of the Forward Wind Park near Fond du Lac, as well as the 99 MW Crane Creek Wind Farm in northeast Iowa.