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Alliant Energy Completes 150 MW Solar Power Array

Oct. 17, 2022
Wood County Solar Project is completed ahead of schedule

Completion of Alliant Energy’s Wood County Solar Project marks a milestone for the community of Saratoga in central Wisconsin.

In addition to generating clean, carbon-free electricity, the 150-MW solar site created more than 200 construction jobs and is expected to deliver an estimated $600,000 in new shared revenue annually to the town and county for the next 30 years. 

Construction of the Wood County Solar Project began in June 2021. Burns & McDonnell, the project’s EPC contractor, completed construction ahead of schedule despite supply chain disruptions, tough weather conditions and COVID challenges. The project relied on the skilled work and craftsmanship of operating engineers, carpenters, laborers and electricians from several local union halls, increasing the project’s positive economic impact. 

With nearly 390,000 solar panels spanning 1,200 acres, the Wood County Solar Project can generate enough electricity to power nearly 40,000 homes. It is the second utility-scale solar site Alliant Energy completed in as many months. It’s part of the company’s Clean Energy Blueprint to deliver more clean, reliable and cost-effective energy to customers. In total, the plan includes constructing nearly 1,100 MW of utility-scale solar energy at 12 sites across Wisconsin. 

Alliant Energy aspires to eliminate coal from its generation fleet by 2040 and achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity it generates by 2050. Following plans laid out in its Clean Energy Blueprint, Alliant Energy’s 12 utility scale projects will create more than 2,000 local construction jobs, provide an estimated $130 million in local tax revenues over the next 30 years and help customers avoid more than $1.6 billion in long-term costs. 

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