Alliant Energy developing 5-MW solar project for Wisconsin engine manufacturer

Alliance Energy plans to build a 5 MW solar project on 32 acres in eastern Fon du Lac County, Wisconsin that will advance sustainability initiatives for Mercury Marine, a motor vehicle manufacturer.

“This solar project is good for Mercury, the Fond du Lac community and the environment,” said Chris Drees, president of Mercury Marine. “Our investment in this solar infrastructure, combined with our other solar investments, will deliver clean, renewable energy and propel us toward our goal of getting 50% of our electricity consumption from renewable sources by the end of 2030. “

The Ledgeview Solar Project, pending review and approval by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in the coming months, will offset 10% of Mercury’s electricity use at its Fond du Lac campus.

The project includes more than 12,000 solar panels that will generate enough electricity to power approximately 1,300 households annually. Construction on the project is expected to start in the spring of 2023 and operation is expected in October 2023. The project is being developed and built by OneEnergy Renewables from its Madison regional office.

In January 2021, Mercury completed a rooftop array of 320 solar panels at Fond du Lac’s international headquarters. The array was Mercury’s first in the United States and will generate enough power to light a warehouse operation on the Fond du Lac campus for the next 30 years.

Ledgeview is the first project developed under Alliant Energy’s Renewable Energy Partner Program, which aims to help commercial and industrial customers achieve their sustainability goals.

“Alliant Energy is proud to help Mercury Marine execute this transformative clean energy initiative,” said Barbara Tormaschy, senior VP of sustainability and regulatory strategy for Alliant Energy. “The Renewable Energy Partner Program ensures that our business customers can offset their energy consumption with safe, reliable and clean electricity for decades to come.”

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