Xcel Energy is planning to bring community solar to northern Wisconsin as part of the Solar*Connect Community program, and customers can learn more during the company’s “60 Minutes of Solar” next week in Ashland.

Area residents interested in community solar are encouraged to attend the meeting from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 22, at Northland College’s Alvord Theatre, 1411 Ellis Ave. Participants will gain a better understanding of the benefits and economics of community solar, as well as have an opportunity to ask questions and work with an energy expert to size their solar subscription to meet energy needs and budget.

Last month, Xcel Energy announced plans to develop a third, one-megawatt solar garden on property near the company’s Ashland service center. The program’s first one-megawatt community solar garden was energized in October 2017 in Eau Claire and construction of another one-megawatt garden in the greater La Crosse area is planned for this year.

Subscriptions are on a first-come, first-served basis and any Xcel Energy electricity customer in Wisconsin can participate in the program. If sufficient customer interest is demonstrated, the Ashland garden will be built in 2019 by OneEnergy Renewables, a leading developer of community and utility-scale solar projects across the country.

For more information, visit www.xcelenergy.com/SolarConnectCommunity.