University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Solar PV Array

Platteville, WI

University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Solar Array


The new 2.4-megawatt array serves a 330-acre campus with 30 buildings located in Platteville, WI, providing a significant amount of electricity and cutting carbon emissions.


The 2.4-megawatt Solar Photovoltaic Ground Mounted Array is located in Memorial Park at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The intent of the commissioning effort was to help ensure an operable, maintainable, and sustainable solar photovoltaic system.

The installation is the largest solar array owned by a Wisconsin agency and will make the university the sixth-highest on-site producer of renewable energy among higher education institutions in the United States. The campus already has several small solar arrays on two buildings, as well as a 20-kilowatt wind turbine.

GBA witnessed specified third-party testing of the Solar Photovoltaic Ground Mounted Array system:

  • Non-export relay functionality and curtailment scheme.
  • IV Curve trace on all DC homeruns (string inputs landed on the inverter).
  • Thermal imagery scans on major AC components (panelboards, fuses, disconnects, and breakers).
  • Performance analysis for the solar array and inverters.

The project is expected to offset campus electricity use by 17%, saving the university $217,000 annually and reducing carbon emissions by 2,300 tons per year.

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