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Wisconsin’s Largest Solar Project Delivering Power for Alliant

Alliant Energy customers are now receiving clean power from Wisconsin’s largest solar facility. The 2.3-megawatt Rock River solar project recently went into service near Beloit, Wisconsin. The sun-powered generating station includes over 7,700 solar panels, covers nearly 17 acres and produces enough electricity to power 500 homes.

“Investments in clean energy have been central to our plan for decades,” said Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy Chairman, President and CEO. “Solar is an important part of our future energy mix and one of many ways we are following a path of sustainability and stewardship.”

The Rock River solar project is located on Alliant Energy’s property in the Town of Beloit, and it is sited on a landfill, a further environmental benefit. The company collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to enable the landfill site to be reused for the solar facility.

Xcel Energy Announces Solar Connect Community

Xcel Energy has announced it is moving forward with development of Wisconsin’s largest community solar garden program.  As part of Solar* Connect Community, Xcel Energy will purchase the electricity produced by two, one-megawatt solar gardens. One will be built in the city of Eau Claire and the other in La Crosse County. The solar gardens will be constructed by Pristine Sun, a San Francisco-based leading developer of solar projects.

The City of Eau Claire has signed a lease with Pristine Sun to build the Eau Claire solar array on 7½ acres of an abandoned landfill near the company’s Wisconsin headquarters on West Hamilton Avenue in the Sky Park Industrial Park. The Sky Park landfill operated as a municipal waste facility from 1948 to 1965. With community solar programs, customers share in the benefits of solar energy without the need to install solar panels on their own roof or maintain their own solar array. Through Solar* Connect Community, customers choose their own subscription level, pay a one-time fee to subscribe and receive a monthly credit on their electric bill based on their portion of the solar energy produced.

In addition to the solar garden in Eau Claire, Pristine Sun will construct a similar sized facility on private land in La Crosse County. Xcel Energy may also opt to build up to one megawatt of additional community solar that could be operational in 2017. The two community solar gardens are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

XCEL ENERGY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR LARGEST SOLAR GARDEN PROJECT

Solar energy is taking a significant step forward as Xcel
Energy, the nation’s leading utility provider of wind
energy, has announced plans to create Wisconsin’s largest
community solar garden program. As part of Solar*Connect
Community, Xcel Energy plans to purchase up to three
megawatts of electricity from community solar arrays, the
first two megawatts of which are planned for Eau Claire and
La Crosse counties.

Alliant Energy to Expand Solar Generation in Iowa

Alliant Energy is seeking to expand its renewable energy generation with solar power. Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is issuing a request for proposals for new solar projects that could increase its system-wide solar generation by fifty percent.
“We’re in a transition right now as we continue to move to a cleaner energy future,” according to Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “We’ve been increasing the use of different types of renewable energy for years, and now we are exploring ways to specifically provide solar power to our customers.”

The request is to build solar projects between one and ten megawatts within Alliant Energy’s Iowa service territory, which could power between 200 and 2,000 average homes. The RFP seeks a variety of options and configurations for new solar generation in Iowa, and the company hopes that developers will bring innovation to their proposals.

“There are a variety of ways we could design and deploy solar energy,” said Kopp. “We will be considering a wide range of options, from larger utility-scale solar fields to smaller community solar programs. We will engage customers, key stakeholders and interested parties to help us develop the new program options, rates and services.”

Alliant Energy has helped Iowa customers connect 1,650 individual solar or wind systems to the electric system and recognizes that different customers need different options.

Alliant Energy Proposes Investment In Clean Natural Gas And Solar Energy

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Customers will benefit from the addition of reliable, cost-
effective electricity following a proposal filed with Wisconsin
regulators.  Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility approval from
the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to
construct a combined cycle, natural gas-fueled  generating
station at the company’s Riverside Energy Center near Beloit.

“We’re pleased with the support we’ve received from customers,
community organizations and government officials since we
announced the project last fall,” said John Larsen, President of
Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility. “By replacing about 700
megawatts of aging generation with a highly efficient natural-
gas facility, this project will play a large role in the
modernization of our Wisconsin fleet and reflects our continued
commitment to environmentally responsible resources.” The
proposed project location is on the site of Alliant Energy’s
existing Riverside Energy  Generating Station.  The company
has had facilities in the Town of Beloit for over 50 years and
has produced power in the region since the 1920s.

Xcel Energy Proposes Wisconsin’s Largest Community Solar Program

Thousands of Xcel Energy customers in western and northern
Wisconsin could now have a choice for accessing locally sourced
solar energy through a program proposed to the Public Service
Commission of Wisconsin. If approved, Solar*Connect Community
would become the largest community solar energy program in
Wisconsin. Under the program, Xcel Energy would purchase up to
three megawatts (3,000 kilowatts) of electricity from local
community solar arrays in the company’s service area in western
and northern Wisconsin. Customers would in turn subscribe for
capacity to meet their desired solar energy needs and receive a
monthly credit for their subscription.
“Our customers are increasingly interested in solar energy and
in helping support projects right here in Wisconsin,” said Mark
Stoering, President, NSP-Wisconsin, an Xcel Energy company.
“Solar*Connect Community gives all of our customers an option
to access locally sourced solar using the most advanced and
efficient technologies available,” he said.