Solar Farm at 1600 E College Ave.
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 the Milwaukee Common Council adopted a resolution in which part of a city-owned closed landfill at 1600 E. College Ave. near Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport will be dedicated to generating solar power. The city will lease approximately 8 acres to WE Energies, where the company will build and operate a 2.25-megawatt solar array. The lease lasts 20 years.
The city will not pay anything to build or maintain the solar field. In fact, the lease is projected to generate between $90,000 and $100,000 each year. Actual payments will depend on what is generated from the solar field.
According to Mayor Barrett, this is the largest solar porject in the city’s history. The field will include more than 7,000 solar panels and will provide enough power for more than 460 homes.
Located next to the 128th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard, power from the solar field will connect to the regional grid through the National Guard base. This will help support emergency preparedness. “Mission assurance, mission readiness only comes when we have energy available to us, and this alternative energy project is going to provide just that for us,” said Col. James Locke of the 128th Air Refueling Wing. In an emergency, the solar field would provide a source of energy for the base should something happen to the electrical grid.
District 13 Alderman Scott Spiker called it a “win-win-win. It’s a win for the Garden District, a win for Milwaukee and a win for the environment.”