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Dairyland buys energy from solar power supplier in southern Wisconsin



Dairyland Power president Barb Nick announces new solar energy partnership

Solar power to be produced near Madison will help provide electricity to the Coulee Region customers of Dairyland Power.

The La Crosse utility will purchase the energy generated at a solar facility to be built in Jefferson County.

Barb Nick, the president of Dairyland, announced the partnership with Ranger Power to officials of the cooperative Monday.

Construction of the solar project is also expected to provide new jobs in southern Wisconsin, and add hundreds of millions of dollars in state and local revenue.

The first energy from the project is expected to be generated in 2022.

President Paul Harris of Ranger Power says the cost of using solar power to make energy is becoming more affordable.

Harris says the amount of energy produced at Jefferson would be enough to power close to 20,000 homes.

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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