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Foxconn, WEC Energy talk solar to meet electrical needs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group and Wisconsin’s largest utility are talking about what role solar could have in meeting the power needs of the massive manufacturing complex the company is building in southeast Wisconsin.

Gale Klappa, CEO of WEC Energy Group, says Foxconn or the utility could build an array of solar panels for the Racine County campus. Klappa says WEC is still in discussions about how electrical service will be set up at the 20 million-square-foot plant.

The Journal Sentinel says Foxconn is expected to initially demand the use of 200 megawatts, the largest electric load in the state. If solar is installed, it’s expected to cover a significant part of the company’s energy needs.

The American Transmission Co., which will feed power to Foxconn, says the company’s electrical needs are six times greater than that of the next-largest manufacturing plant in the state.

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