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Monday, December 30, 2013

RENEW to Honor “Class of 2013” Renewable Projects

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(Madison) At its third annual Energy Policy Summit next month, RENEW Wisconsin will recognize the six largest nonutility-owned renewable generation projects built in Wisconsin in
2013. Titled We Mean Business, RENEW’s summit is set for January 10, 2014, and will take place at The Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus.

All six clean energy projects to be inducted into RENEW’s Million Watt Club next month have a minimum electric generating capacity of one megawatt (MW). These installations are designed either to supply energy directly to the host facility or a Wisconsin utility. The combined generating capacity of the Class of 2013 installations is 19.6 MW, compared with the
15.4 MW that came online in 2012.

Below are capsule descriptions of the Class of 2013 renewable generation projects to be inducted into RENEW Wisconsins Million Watt Club.
  • Galactic Wind Farm, a 10 MW facility in the Town of Springfield in Dane County. This plant is the largest wind-power project in Wisconsin not owned by an energy company. Project participants include Verona-based Epic Systems (owner), The Morse Group (general contractor), Cullen, Weston, Pines & Bach (legal services), Madison Gas & Electric (interconnection facilitator), and W.E.S. Engineering (consulting engineer).
  • GreenWhey Digester, a 3.2 MW facility located in Turtle Lake. This plant is powered with biogas derived from liquid organic wastes produced at several food processing companies located in Turtle Lake. Project participants include GreenWhey Energy (owner), Miron Construction (general contractor), Xcel Energy (long-term electricity purchaser) Symbiont Inc. (balance-of- system engineer), and Geo Investors (financing).
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) Renewable Generation Digester, a 2 MW facility located in Milwaukee. This plant is powered with biogas derived from liquid organic wastes produced at the tribally owned casino next door. Project participants include FCPC (owner), Miron Construction (general contractor), Symbiont Inc. (balance-of-system engineer), Titus Energy (consulting engineer), Godfrey & Kahn (legal services), We Energies (long-term electricity purchaser) Greenfire Management Services (owners representative), and Rockwell Automation (motor controls). The GE engine generators were manufactured in Waukesha.
  • Dane County Community Digester, a 2 MW facility located in the Town of Springfield in Dane County and interconnected to Madison Gas & Electric. Dane Countys second community digester, this plant is powered with biogas derived from manure produced at several adjoining dairy farms. Project participants include Gundersen Health (owner), C.G. Schmidt (general contractor), Dane County (catalyst and facilitator), Madison Gas & Electric (long-term electricity purchaser), and U.S. Biogas (system designer).
  • Rosendale Dairy Digester, a 1.4 MW facility located near Pickett in Winnebago County. This plant is powered with biogas derived from manure produced at Rosendale Dairy. Project participants include Milk Source (owner), BIOFerm (system designer), Alliant Energy (long-term electricity purchaser), and UW-Oshkosh Foundation (financing and educational partner).
  • Jefferson Solar, a 1 MW facility located in the City of Jefferson. This plant, Wisconsins first commercial solar energy plant, produces electricity for sale to the grid. Project participants include Half Moon Ventures (owner), S&C Electric (general contractor), Jefferson Utilities (interconnection facilitator), and WPPI Energy (long-term electricity purchaser).

The Energy Policy Summit is a fitting venue to honor the people and organizations that embraced the vision of energy self-sufficiency and job creation, and made it happen in Wisconsin, said RENEW Wisconsins Executive Director Tyler Huebner.

Their solar, wind, and bioenergy installations created jobs, reduced the flow of imported fossil fuels into Wisconsin, and demonstrated responsible environmental stewardship. They truly deserve the recognition, as well as everyones appreciation, Huebner said.

To learn more about RENEW’s Energy Policy Summit, go to