Riverland Energy cuts the ribbon of a solar panel in Buffalo County that can generate electricity for 550 homes

The cooperative serves more than 16,000 members in the counties of Buffalo, Trempealeau and La Crosse
Sheep grazing during the summer will control grass and weeds at the solar panel in the Village of Cochrane, Buffalo County. (Photo provided)

COCHRANE, Wisconsin (WKBT) – Riverland Energy Cooperative and Stromland Solar LLC cut the ribbon Thursday for a new solar panel system that can generate electricity for about 550 homes.

The system, developed by OneEnergy Renewables, sits on approximately 20 acres of land off Prairie Moon Road in the village of Cochrane, Buffalo County. Riverland has an agreement with OneEnergy to purchase the electricity produced by the facility.

The 8,000 panel, 3 MW peak generation system is “a very positive project for the region,” said Jerry Sorenson, Managing Director of Riverland.

Bifacial panels, which enable solar generation from the top and bottom, were designed to move east to west with the sun, said Eric Udelhofen, development director for the OneEnergy Renewables project.
Grazing the sheep during the summer will control the grass and weeds in the facility, he said.

Project partners also include Arch Electric Inc. and Greshik Farms, which owns the land.

Riverland is a member-owned electric co-operative that provides electricity and an assortment of energy-related programs and services to over 16,000 members in Buffalo, Trempealeau and La Crosse counties. It has offices in Arcadia and Onalaska.

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