DPC Expands "Solar for Schools" (October 7, 2016)
Dairyland is expanding its "Solar for Schools" renewable energy and education initiative through a new collaboration with Western Technical College. A solar generation project is being brought online at Western’s Independence campus, where a ribbon-cutting event was held on Oct. 7. “We are delighted to partner on a project that will assist in the education and training of the workforce well into the future,” said Brian Rude, Dairyland Vice President, External and Member Relations. “In addition to ensuring that students will continually train on new technology, this solar array will help hold down Western’s energy costs at the Independence location.” The solar project will provide instructional opportunities and generate renewable energy for the campus facility. Four photovoltaic solar arrays feature 36 panels. Western staff will be able to monitor the total and hourly output, the environmental benefits delivered, temperatures, voltage and power metrics. Students in programs related to electronics and energy management will use this data as part of their curriculum and will learn the basics of solar installation and maintenance.
Dairyland has donated a total of $10,000 to the Town of Flambeau (Wis.) in support of road improvements. Dairyland contributed $5,000, which was then matched in full by CoBank, a national cooperative bank, through CoBank’s Sharing Success program. The donation is helping fund the Town of Flambeau’s repaving of Community Park Road, which leads to the entrance of Rusk County’s Community Park. Community Park is located on the Dairyland Reservoir (Lake Flambeau) near Ladysmith, Wis., and is the site of one of the Reservoir’s boat landings. Previously, the entrance road to the park was comprised of crushed rock and was in a condition that deterred some boaters from using the landing. The donation supports blacktopping Community Park Road, which should increase usage of the park and landings.
Dairyland Announces Major Wind Energy Expansion (June 8, 2016)
Dairyland Power Cooperative announced a significant expansion of wind resources at its 75th Annual Meeting on June 8. Barbara Nick, Dairyland President and CEO, stated in her address that Dairyland will purchase the renewable energy from a 98 MW wind project in southwestern Wisconsin. Dairyland has reached a power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America LLC which will develop, operate and maintain the Quilt Block Wind Farm, located 20 miles southeast of Platteville. The project is currently working through the MISO generation interconnect process. Construction is expected to begin in 2017, with commercial operation beginning toward the end of that year.
Groundbreaking for Dairyland and Richland Solar Projects (May 23, 2016)
Dairyland Power Cooperative, Richland Electric Cooperative and SoCore Energy celebrated the start of construction of two solar projects with a groundbreaking event near Hillsboro, Wis., on Monday, May 23. This is the first of 12 major solar projects announced by Dairyland Power. Dairyland has power purchase agreements in place with two developers to purchase over 15 MW of renewable energy from multiple new utility-scale photovoltaic solar facilities in Wisconsin. Dairyland member Richland Electric Cooperative is also constructing a community solar garden at the site to provide renewable energy for its members.
Dairyland Provides Solar for Schools (April 22, 2016)
Three Western Wisconsin public schools will soon benefit from Dairyland’s Solar for Schools initiative. This summer, 12 kilowatt solar installations will be constructed on-site at Alma Area School (K-12), Cochrane-Fountain City School (K-12) and De Soto Area Middle & High School. Dairyland issued a Request for Proposals for the projects in fall 2015, seeking an experienced contractor to procure, install and maintain a fixed-panel, pole-mounted solar system at each school. Regional contractor ABLE Energy Co. (River Falls, Wis.) will begin construction shortly, with plans for each solar installation to be operational by the start of the school term in fall 2016. Renewable energy produced by the solar arrays will help power the schools, partially offsetting the current energy use by the facilities. All three schools are near Dairyland power plant facilities located within its cooperative service territory.
Dairyland Names Nate Melby CIO (March 1, 2016)
Dairyland is pleased to announce the hire of Nathaniel “Nate” Melby to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective Feb. 29. As CIO, Melby will be responsible for all aspects of Dairyland’s information technology and systems. He will provide leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives that advance business strategies. A native of the La Crosse area, Melby holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from UW-La Crosse, an MBA from UW-Whitewater and a PhD in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining Dairyland, Melby served as Director, Enterprise IT Security & Compliance, at Ingersoll Rand in La Crosse. A dedicated member of the La Crosse area community, Melby also serves as the Town of Campbell Fire Chief.