Ribbon-cutting held for new Eau Claire solar garden

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place for Eau Claire’s newest solar garden.

It took place this afternoon at Xcel Energy's newly constructed solar garden at Sky Park Industrial Park.

More than 3,000 solar panels sit atop the abandoned landfill on West Hamilton Avenue. Xcel says the panels can produce enough to power 225 average Wisconsin homes. The company says the electricity generated at the solar garden will go onto the local power grid. Xcel says this happened with customers wanting more choices to clean renewable sustainable energy.

“We wanted to be responsible to our customers so we created the program; we worked with policy makers and regulators to bring a program like this that our customers can subscribe too,” said Mark Stoering, president Xcel Energy, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Xcel says it hopes to build more solar gardens facilities in other areas, including La Crosse.