Construction moving forward on six solar projects totaling 414 megawatts (MW) after Wisconsin regulators gave final approval to Alliant Energy’s second phase of solar development. The six newly approved solar projects are among 12 utility-scale solar sites Alliant Energy is developing as part of its Clean Energy Blueprint to add nearly 1.1 GW of solar energy generation to Wisconsin’s grid.
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“At Alliant Energy, we’re driven by our commitment to serve customers and build stronger communities,” said David de Leon, president of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company. “We are excited to break ground and begin construction on these solar projects as we accelerate toward a cleaner energy future. We expect our solar development plans to create hundreds of new construction jobs and deliver safe, reliable, affordable energy for years to come.”
The company expects to begin construction this summer and finish in late 2023. Alliant Energy will contract with Burns & McDonnell and utilize craft labor from several local union halls.
“We appreciate Alliant Energy’s prioritization of local unionized labor on renewable energy projects,” said Emily Pritzkow, executive director of the Wisconsin Building Trades Council. “Alliant Energy understands the benefits of hiring local labor, the development of a strong workforce through apprenticeships and training, and the ripple effect it has on our local economies, and state as a whole. When businesses partner with the skilled forces of Wisconsin’s unionized building trades, they know they’re going to get a safe, quality product that delivers superior value for everyone.”
Alliant Energy’s 12 utility scale projects will create more than 2,000 local construction jobs.
Despite this progress, Alliant Energy still says its wants to eliminate coal from its generation fleet by 2040, which is a long ways off.
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