The company’s retirement of coal-fired generation and addition of new solar capacity reflect the changing energy mix.
Alliant Energy announces plans to acquire and advance 675 MW of total solar capacity from six different projects in Wisconsin counties. The projects aid in the company’s Clean Energy Blueprint, a roadmap to cost-effectively accelerate renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions.
Collectively, these projects are expected to create more than 1,200 local construction jobs and, once operational, will provide an estimated $80 million in local tax revenues over the next 30 years, according to the company.
Alliant Energy previously announced its plan to install 1,000 MW of solar generation in Wisconsin by 2023. The six projects the company is announcing today include:
|Grant County||200 megawatts||NextEra Energy Resources|
|Sheboygan County||150 megawatts||Ranger Power|
|Wood County||150 megawatts||Savion|
|Jefferson County||75 megawatts||Ranger Power|
|Rock County||50 megawatts||Geronimo Energy|
|Richland County||50 megawatts||Savion|
The transition to solar energy is driven by changing economics for generation, customers sustainability goals and improvements in renewable technology. The projects, along with the recently announced retirement of the coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan, align with the company’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel generation by 40%.
David de Leon, President of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company, said, “At a time when much is changing, these projects will provide steady revenue to Wisconsin communities, create new construction, operation and maintenance jobs, and provide our customers with reliable and sustainable energy for years to come.”