Gundersen to power Onalaska clinic with solar panels

A local health provider is taking another step in its energy independence.

Gundersen Health System in La Crosse is in the process of installing more than 900 solar panels to the roof of its Onalaska Clinic.

At peak productivity, the panels will be able to produce enough power to fully supply the clinic with electricity — meaning there could be times when the building is completely off of Xcel’s power grid.

“You’ll still get pretty good production even with the clouds, you’re still getting enough of that coming through, and even in the winter time, a couple inches of snow on these, they’ll still produce energy,” said Marty Goetting of Gundersen’s Facility Operations staff.

Goetting says the system will be able to automatically shift the building on or off the Xcel power grid as needed.

The project is expected to be finished and online by the end of the month.