Half Moon Ventures breaks ground on solar project in Wisconsin

Half Moon Ventures LLC (HMV) announced Nov. 12 the groundbreaking on Wisconsin’s first stand-alone utility scale solar energy project in the city of Jefferson.

HMV awarded S&C Electric Co. with the EPC contract for the 1-MW project, which is expected to enter into service by the end of the year. This will be the state’s first solar energy project that directly connects to the power grid, and it will help meet Wisconsin’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 10% of power coming from renewable sources by 2015.

“HMV is excited to enter the renewable energy market in Wisconsin with the largest utility off-take project in the state,” said Michael Hastings, CEO of HMV. “A key goal for us on this project was local content, as HMV has deep roots in Wisconsin. We are proud to be providing the state with a boost in employment activity by awarding the EPC contract to S&C, which has a regional engineering office in Franklin, Wis. In addition, we are purchasing Ingeteam’s first 500kW inverters, which are currently manufactured in Milwaukee.”

The project will be located in the business park in the city of Jefferson. HMV has contracted with WPPI Energy to purchase the output. WPPI Energy is the wholesale power supplier serving the community’s municipally owned utility, Jefferson Utilities, as well as 50 other locally owned, not-for-profit utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.

“The solar power generated in Jefferson will become part of WPPI Energy’s diverse and extensive portfolio of renewable energy resources,” says WPPI Energy Vice President of Power Supply Resources Andy Kellen.

S&C will take the lead on the project by engineering, procuring and constructing the balance of plant and utility interconnection. To reduce costs and lead times, S&C’s 25-kV System VI Switchgear will be used as the interconnection solution between the solar farm and WPPI’s electrical distribution system. Green Earth Developers LLC is providing preliminary engineering and construction management services.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013. Once online it will generate more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, enough to power approximately 150 Wisconsin homes. HMV said it intends to use this project as a template for future utility scale solar developments across the state.

Half Moon Ventures is a full service renewable energy provider. The HMV team has contributed to more than 2,000 MW of wind and solar energy projects around the world.

S&C, with global headquarters in Chicago, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world’s power grids and is thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery.

Green Earth Developers concentrates on providing solar energy to commercial and utility customers in North America and the Caribbean. It delivers engineering, procurement, and construction services for solar projects ranging from 100 kW to 100 MW in size.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.