SHEBOYGAN — On Thursday, Sheboygan Senior Community (SSC) and community partners broke ground on their very own solar energy field.
SSC has partnered with Legacy Solar Co-Op and Plymouth-based Arch Electric in the project, which is aimed at providing power to replace at least 28% of current energy use for the 38.5-acre campus. Once in place, SSC will be able to save up to 40%, or more than $35,000 annually, on current consumption.
The 200.25 kW, 448 bifacial panel solar energy field is locate on the southeast quadrant of SSC's campus located at 3505 County Road Y in the Town of Sheboygan. The 501c3 organization offering assisted living, skilled nursing and short-term rehab is partnering with Lakeshore Technical College's Clean Energy Program to maintain the field once in place.
The project is being funded in large part by a $242,581 grant from Wisconsin's Office of Energy Innovation, who plans to use this site as a template for other nonprofits in Wisconsin switching to solar energy. An additional grant of $25,000 worth of solar panels were contributed by Solar for Good and the remainder of the project is being funded through a tax sponsor.
See photos from Thursday afternoon's open house and groundbreaking ceremony here:
The ceremony's speakers included SSC President and CEO Paul Treffert, Director of Operations and Project Manager Stephanie Goetz, Town of Sheboygan board chair Dan Hein, Arch Electric owner Ed Zinthefer and Legacy Solar Co-op President Kurt Reinhold.