Burns & McDonnell working on three Alliant Energy solar projects in Wisconsin


Burns & McDonnell is providing EPC services for three Alliant Energy solar projects in Wisconsin. The projects include Bear Creek (50-MW/ac / 64-MW/dc), North Rock (50-MW/ac / 64-MW/dc), and Wood County (150-MW/ac / 198-MW/dc) and are part of the path to generating cleaner energy in the state.

“We’re excited to partner with Alliant Energy to help them achieve their long-term vision as we build out these solar sites,” says Doug Riedel, Senior Vice President of Renewables at Burns & McDonnell.

Burns & McDonnell will provide fully integrated EPC services for the program and self-perform the construction. The project was kept on track with the successful procurement of 1.5 million bifacial monocrystalline PV modules during an extremely volatile panel market in the spring of 2021.

“The ability of our team to procure the quantity of PV panels needed, in such a high-demand market, was imperative to keeping the project progress on schedule” says Chad Cotter, Director of Solar EPC at Burns & McDonnell.  “Our understanding of current panel market dynamics and relationships with the various suppliers allowed success during this high-demand time”

Burns & McDonnell will perform conceptual and detailed electrical design, environmental studies and permitting, civil and structural design for the PV modules, substation and gen-tie scopes. The team will work to construct projects in an ecologically sustainable manner that supports the preservation of wetlands and wildlife. AZCO, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, will perform the pile driving, equipment installation and electrical scope. They will also fabricate and deliver substation steel designed by Burns & McDonnell for all three sites.

Approximately 10 miles of high-voltage overhead transmission lines and substations will be designed and built by Burns & McDonnell to connect the solar facilities with existing transmission infrastructure owned by American Transmission Company (ATC).

Burns & McDonnell are committed to helping keep jobs local and will subcontract portions of the civil construction and electrical installation to the local Wisconsin workforce. These projects are new construction opportunities that will require a large amount of skilled labor, with peak labor reaching almost 400 people.

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