US-based company Dairyland Power Cooperative has concluded a power purchase agreement (PPA) with solar energy development company Ranger Power for the proposed 149MW Badger State Solar Project.

Located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, the Badger State Solar Project will be developed by Ranger Power and will have the capacity to power more than 20,000 homes in the region.

Once approved, the construction works at the site are expected to begin next year and the facility is expected to commence its commercial operations by 2022. Dairyland has also agreed to purchase the entire output of the planned solar photovoltaic facility.

Dairyland president and CEO Barbara Nick said: “Dairyland is excited to collaborate with Ranger Power on this sustainable solar energy facility.

“We look forward to Badger State Solar’s benefit to our cooperative membership, local communities and the environment.”

“Resource diversification is foundational to Dairyland’s commitment to a sustainable, future-facing power supply. We look forward to Badger State Solar’s benefit to our cooperative membership, local communities and the environment.”

During the construction phase, Ranger Power estimates that the project would create a large number of construction jobs and up to five full-time positions once the facility becomes operational. The solar project is also expected to provide significant economic benefits to the area.

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Ranger Power president Paul Harris said: “We are pleased to partner with Dairyland, a recognized leader in solar generation and renewable energy, to provide clean, cost-effective power to its cooperative members.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Jefferson County community throughout the project development and approval process.”