Here is Alliant Power’s subsequent six solar initiatives (414 MW)
Alliant Energy announced plans to add an additional 414 MW of solar in Wisconsin. This rounds off the company’s previously announced plan to accelerate the clean energy transition by adding more than 1,000 MW of solar and helping customers avoid long-term costs of more than $ 2 billion. Upon completion of more than 1,000 MW of solar energy, Alliant Energy will own and operate most of the solar energy in the state of Wisconsin.
The six new projects will be developed in mostly rural parts of Dodge, Grant, Green, Rock and Waushara Counties. Once the projects are up and running, local communities will receive an estimated $ 50 million in shared income – for the next 30 years – that can be used in a variety of ways, including: B. to finance local fire brigades, to invest in school programs and to modernize parking facilities. In addition, local landowners will receive a total of $ 60 million in lease payments over a 30 year period.
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 counties. They include:
|Name of the solar project||district||size|
|Beaver dam||Evade||50 megawatts|
|Springfield (under development by National Grid Renewables)||Evade||100 megawatts|
“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 largely positive and illustrates the behavior of model developers involved in future planning by Solar projects should be mimicked. “
Today’s announcement comes as Alliant Energy awaits approval of the agency application they submitted to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSCW) in May 2020. In that filing, the company announced plans to acquire and advance six solar projects with an output of 675 MW. In total, the 12 planned solar projects will provide electricity to hundreds of thousands of households across the state.
In addition to its large utility-scale solar projects, Alliant Energy has made several community-based solar announcements in the past few months, including projects in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Dane County. Overall, the company’s transition to solar is described in its Clean Energy Blueprint – Alliant Energy’s strategic roadmap to accelerate the use of renewable energies in a cost-effective manner. It also serves as a guide for the company as it continues to diversify its energy mix to ensure reliability and resilience – regardless of the weather.
Once these 12 projects are fully developed, Alliant Energy estimates that by 2025 almost half of its resource mix will consist of renewable resources (wind, water and sun). Coupled with the upcoming shutdown of the Edgewater Power Plant and Columbia Energy Center, Alliant Energy is well positioned to meet its goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel generation by 50 percent by 2030 compared to 2005.