03 Apr Alliant Energy to construct 414MW of solar in Wisconsin
Alliant Energy has announced its plans to add another 414 MW of solar energy in Wisconsin which will round out the company’s previously announced plan to accelerate its transition to clean energy by adding more than 1,000 MW of solar. Upon completion of its more than 1,000 MW of solar, Alliant Energy will own and operate the most solar energy in the state of Wisconsin. The company has stated that they will construct six new projects that will be constructed in the country areas of Dodge, Grant, Green, Rock, and Waushara counties and once they are operational, local communities will receive an estimated US$50 million in shared revenues for the next 30 years to use in a variety of ways, such as funding local fire departments, investing in school programs and upgrading park facilities. Additionally, local landowners will receive a combined US$60 million in lease payments over 30 years.
The additional projects, five of which are being self-developed by Alliant Energy, are expected to create more than 800 local construction jobs across the five counties. They include; Albany (50 MW) in Green County, Beaver Dam (50 MW) in Dodge County, Cassville (50 MW) in Grant County, Paddock (65 MW) in Rock County, Springfield (100 MW) in Dodge County, Wautoma (99 MW) in Waushara County.
This announcement comes as Alliant Energy awaits approval on the Certificate of Authority application is filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) in May 2020. In that application, the company announced plans to acquire and advance six solar projects that would add 675 MW of solar energy by the end of 2023. “Guided by our purpose-driven strategy to serve customers and build strong communities, we are accelerating our transition to cleaner energy,” said David de Leon, president of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company, “It’s great for our environment and aligns with our company’s values, which include Make Things Better and Do the Right Thing.”