Wind energy facility in Kewaunee County no longer in operation, will be gone by 2019

Ten remaining wind turbines in Kewaunee County will be removed by the end of the year. (WLUK image)

TOWN OF LINCOLN, Wis. (WLUK) -- Wisconsin Public Service had a 30-year permit to operate wind turbines in Kewaunee County.

The turbines went up in 1999, but this week -- 10 years early -- WPS began taking them down.

Spokesperson Matt Cullen said the business is still investing in wind power, but technology has improved over the years.

“Solar really is a viable source of renewable energy for us because it provides electricity to our customers when they need it the most, which is those really hot days.

Between wind, hydro and solar, renewable energy has come a long way in the last 20 years

“We have made the decision to retire the Lincoln wind energy facility in the town of Lincoln in Kewaunee county,” said Cullen. “The turbines at that facility have reached their useful life and they're no longer cost-effective to maintain and operate”

A co-owner of El-Na farms says the turbines are partially on his property. He's disappointed that WPS will no longer rent the space.

Kewaunee Board Chairman Robert Weidner told FOX 11 that the county will lose some revenue the turbines generated.

Cullen says all of the turbines will be taken down by the end of the year.

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