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State’s largest solar garden to be built in La Crosse County



Structure will span over 70 acres

Xcel Energy is looking at having 63-percent carbon free energy by 2030, and it hopes a La Crosse solar garden will help accomplish that goal. 

The structure will span over 70 acres in size and will be built in La Crosse County by this winter. 

David Stingle with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association says clean energy is the future, and this project is an indication of that. 

Home owners and renters each buy a solar panel from the garden and receive credit back on their monthly bill based on how much energy was generated. 

The agreement normally lasts for 25 years, although a customer can sell the share back to Xcel if they leave the service area. 

If approved this fall, the garden built in La Crosse County would be the largest of it’s kind in Wisconsin. 

If interested in purchasing shares, contact Xcel.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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