Solar panels being installed in vacant lot in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A lot where an Eau Claire landfill used to be was sitting vacant for many years until today; thousands of solar panels are being installed.

The solar installation company, Pristine Sun, based out of San Francisco, reached a long-term contract with Xcel Energy to produce solar power on the lot across from Xcel Energy on West Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire. The CEO and Founder of Pristine Sun, Troy Helming, says this will be the largest community solar gardens in Wisconsin. He says the power produced by the solar panels will stay local.

“It’s a great use,” Helming said. “Putting solar on a piece of land nobody really wants to build a home on is a great application for a community solar garden. Another thing I love about this project is the energy from this particular solar garden is purchased by subscribers who have signed up with one of Xcel’s solar programs. It’s a great way help people that don’t have the ability to put solar on their home, apartment or their business, they can actually buy solar from this particular project.”

Over 3,000 panels will be installed by the end of September and will produce close to 1 megawatt of energy.

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