At their annual meeting on Saturday, March 22nd, Vernon Electric Cooperative announced that they will be building the state’s first community solar project. According to the cooperative’s April newsletter, they will partner with Clean Energy Collective, a national community solar developer, and plan to host a 305 kilowatt community solar array adjacent to a 520 kilowatt solar array being built simultaneously by Dairyland Power. Senator Jennifer Shilling, a Democrat from La Crosse, said, “It is very encouraging that the first community solar project in our state is being built in western Wisconsin. Renewable energy projects like wind and solar not only improve the health and sustainability of our communities, but these energy projects have the added benefit of creating local jobs and boosting our regional economy.” Vernon Electric Cooperative anticipates breaking ground this month and the solar farm is expected to be operational by early summer. For more information about the project, visit