Big solar comes to Dunn County
13 Dec 2022
The parking lot at the Spring Brook town hall on 810th Street east of Menomonie was full on Thursday, Dec. 8, leaving some to park just past the pile of leftover blacktop. Inside, residents were busy buttonholing representatives from Elk Creek Solar and looking over displays showing the benefits and location of the big (1,600 acre, 300 megawatts) solar photovoltaic project. Over 100 people registered at the desk on the way in.
Back outside, after talking with neighbors, engineers, town officials and others, and perhaps trying some donuts and hot cider, people could open the front door of the town hall and see the golden disc of a nearly full moon rising over flat fields, the main site of the project. On Thursday, there was little to obstruct one’s vision for two plus miles to the east, all the way to County Highway H, where the array of solar panels will extend when the project, if all goes as planned, could begin operations in 2025.