Alliant energy plans to add an additional 414 MW of solar power in Wisconsin, completing the company’s previously announced plan to accelerate the clean energy transition by adding more than 1,000 MW of solar power. Upon completion of its more than 1,000 MW of solar power, Alliant Energy will own and operate most of the solar power in the state of Wisconsin.
“Guided by our purposeful 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 energy company in Wisconsin. “This ongoing transition is a smart investment that will benefit our customers over the long term, while also creating hundreds of jobs across the state and providing shared income for local communities.”
The six new projects will be developed in primarily rural parts of Dodge, Grant, Green, Rock and Waushara counties. Once operational, local communities will receive an estimated $ 50 million in shared revenue over 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. In addition, local landowners will receive a total of $ 60 million in lease payments over 30 years.
The additional projects, five of which are being developed by Alliant Energy itself, are expected to create more than 800 local construction jobs in the five provinces. They contain:
- 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 offers tremendous potential for these communities,” said Mike Koles, executive director of the Wisconsin Towns Association. “Based on research and dialogue with our members who have worked with Alliant Energy on previous solar projects, we have concluded that Alliant Energy’s development process has been overwhelmingly positive, illustrating the model developer behavior that should be mimicked in future solar project planning. “
This announcement comes as Alliant Energy awaits approval of the Certificate of Authority application it filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) in May 2020. In that filing, the company announced plans to acquire and advance six solar energy projects that would add 675 MW. of solar energy by the end of 2023. In total, the 12 planned solar projects will power hundreds of thousands of homes in the state.
Along with the major utility-scale solar projects, Alliant Energy has made several community-based solar announcements in recent months, including projects in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Dane County.
Collectively, the company’s transition to solar energy is outlined in its Clean energy blueprint – Alliant Energy’s strategic roadmap to cost-effectively accelerate the use of renewable energy sources. It also guides the business as it continues to diversify its energy mix to ensure reliability and resilience.
Once these 12 projects are fully built, Alliant Energy estimates that by 2025 nearly half of the raw material mix will consist of renewable sources (wind, hydro and solar). In conjunction with the imminent retirement of the Edgewater Generating Station and the Columbia Energy Center, Alliant Energy is positioned to achieve its goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels by 50% by 2030 from 2005.
“It’s great for our environment and aligns with our company’s values, including Make Things Better and Do the Right Thing,” said Alliant’s Leon.
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