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Xcel Energy Announces Plans for Solar Connect Community Garden in Ashland

Community solar gardens continue to grow in Wisconsin. Xcel Energy has announced plans to develop a third, one-megawatt solar garden in Ashland. The garden will be part of Solar Connect Community, Wisconsin’s largest community solar garden program.

If sufficient customer interest is demonstrated, the 
Ashland garden will be built in 2019 by OneEnergy  Renewables, a leading developer of community and utility-scale solar projects across the country. The solar garden will be located on property near Xcel Energy’s Ashland service center.

“This past year, we’ve had tremendous support for our 
Solar*Connect Community program from both residential and business customers,” said Mark Stoering, president, Xcel Energy, Wisconsin. “They have told us they want more options when it comes to their energy and this program allows them to support locally sourced solar energy and receive bill credits at the same time.”

The program’s first one-megawatt community solar garden was energized in October 2017 in Eau Claire, and construction of a one-megawatt garden in the greater La Crosse area is planned for 2018.

Xcel Energy Photo      A racking system is built prior to the installation of about 3,000 solar panels that make up Xcel Energy’s first one-megawatt Community Solar Garden in Eau Claire. That project was energized in October of 2017, and a second one-megawatt garden is planned for the La Crosse area this year. The third garden is proposed for construction in Ashland by the fall of 2019.

 

 

 

Alliant Energy to Build English Farms Wind Farm

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company will add more clean energy with the acquisition of the English Farms Wind Farm.  The company finalized an agreement with developer Tradewind Energy for the 170-megawatt project, located in Poweshiek County in central Iowa.

“Wind energy is a win for Iowans,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa Energy Company. “The benefits of this project help customers through reductions in emissions and fuel cost. It gives landowners lease payments to help on the farm and it helps communities through increased local tax revenue for schools and community services.” Alliant Energy will build and own English Farms Wind Farm, with major construction starting in 2018. This is one of several wind farms the company is building to deliver cost-competitive, clean energy to customers.

Alliant Energy received approval in 2016 to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy in Iowa. The company has requested a similar wind expansion from the Iowa Utilities Board again in 2017. With these combined projects, customers will get more than one-third of their energy from wind by the end of 2020. This overall wind expansion represents a roughly $1.8 billion investment and adds up to 1,000 megawatts of new wind generation in Iowa. Together, that’s enough to power up to 430,000 Iowa homes a year.

MGE Receives Approval To Move Ahead With Largest Wind Farm To Date

Madison Gas and has received approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to construct, own and operate a 66-megawatt (MW) wind farm near Saratoga, Iowa. The
approximately $107 million project will be MGE’s largest wind farm to date—delivering energy to power approximately 47,000 homes. The decision by the PSCW enables MGE to continue advancing the company’s clean energy goals by increasing its use of renewable energy and further reducing carbon dioxide emissions as laid out in its Energy 2030 framework.

“MGE is committed to increasing renewable energy and driving carbon out of our energy supply mix,” President and CEO Jeff Keebler said. “We’re working to achieve a more sustainable energy supply mix using the best, most cost-effective technologies as they become available.”  Consisting of 33 wind turbines, the Saratoga Wind Farm will be located about 200 miles west of Madison, Wis. This site was chosen for its strong winds and proximity to existing transmission infrastructure, making it well situated for delivering clean energy to MGE customers.  “New wind turbine technology delivers greater efficiency, providing more electricity per turbine,” Keebler added.  “The economics of both the location and turbine technology will provide affordable, clean energy to MGE customers for years to come.”

MGE anticipates construction will begin in the spring of 2018, with the Saratoga Wind Farm online by the end of 2018.

ALLIANT ENERGY ANNOUNCES NEW UPLAND PRAIRIE WIND FARM

The company has indicated that this project will add construction and other jobs,
as well as tens of millions of dollars
in additional property taxes to local communities
and lease payments to landowners.
“Apex wind projects are designed to meet the needs
of forward-thinking utilities such as Alliant Energy,” said Mark
Goodwin, President and
CEO of Apex. “We share the same priorities, especially strong community partnerships.”

Alliant Energy received approval in 2016 to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy.
The company has requested a
similar expansion from the Iowa Utilities Board again in
2017. The combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion
investment and add up to
1,000 megawatts of new wind generation in Iowa. Together, that’s enough to power up
to
430,000 Iowa homes a year.

CLEAN ENERGY SHINES AS IOWA’S LARGEST SOLAR GARDEN COMES ONLINE

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company continues its move toward a clean energy future by placing Iowa’s largest solar
garden in service. The record-breaking site is one of two new solar energy resources from Alliant Energy. As of late
September, customers started getting solar energy from the five-megawatt West Dubuque Solar Garden, which is
now the state’s largest and most powerful individual site. In addition, customers are also benefitting from the new
1.2-megawatt Port of Dubuque Solar Garden.

XCEL ENERGY WIND PROJECTS DELIVER FOR CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITIES

Xcel Energy recently announced the nation’s largest multi-state investment in wind energy with eleven new wind
farms in seven states. Adding 3,380 megawatts of new wind generation will keep customer bills low now and in the
future. It is an example of the significant value wind energy provides to customers and communities as the country
recognizes the inaugural American Wind Week. The American Wind Energy Association launched American Wind
Week, August 6-12, 2017, to acknowledge U.S. leadership in wind power, along with economic and environmental
benefits of wind as the industry expands to meet the country’s growing demand for energy.

“As the nation’s No. 1 utility wind provider for more than a decade, we’ve long recognized this abundant natural
resource provides tremendous value to our customers and communities,” according to Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy
Chairman, President and CEO. “Wind power is emissions-free and cheaper than fossil fuels, allowing us to deliver lower prices and cleaner energy to our customers today and in the decades to come.”

Xcel Energy has more than 6,600 megawatts of wind energy on its system companywide, representing eight percent
of the nation’s total wind capacity – enough to power about three million average homes annually. The company’s
customers use energy generated from nearly 4,300 wind turbines in seven states; Colorado, Texas, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Wisconsin and Michigan customers benefit from the power
generated by the turbines as well.

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