Construction on 414 MW of Wisconsin solar starts this summer

Construction is poised to proceed with six solar projects totaling 414 MW after state regulators give final approval to Alliance Energy‘s second phase of solar development plans. The six recently approved solar projects are among the twelve solar sites Alliant Energy is developing as part of its Clean Energy Blueprint that will add nearly 1,100 MW of solar power to Wisconsin’s power grid, making Alliant Energy the largest owner. and operator of solar generation in the state.

Construction of 414 MW of solar projects in Wisconsin will begin shortly after state regulators approve Alliant Energy’s development plans. The six approved projects are among the 12 solar sites Alliant Energy is developing for its Clean Energy Blueprint, a plan to add nearly 1,100 MW of solar power to Wisconsin’s electrical grid.

“At Alliant Energy, we are driven by our commitment to serving customers and building stronger communities,” said David de Leon, president of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company. “We are excited to break the ground and begin building 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 provide safe, reliable and affordable energy for years to come will deliver.”

The company expects to begin construction this summer and complete it by the end of 2023. Alliant Energy will contract with: Burns & McDonnell for project construction and use craftsmen from various local union halls.

“We appreciate Alliant Energy’s prioritization of local unionized labor for renewable energy projects,” said Emily Pritzkow, executive director of the Wisconsin Building Trades Council. “Alliant Energy understands the benefits of hiring a local workforce, developing a strong workforce through apprenticeships and training, and the ripple effect this has on our local economies and the state as a whole. When companies work with the skilled workers of the Wisconsin construction trade unions, they know they will get a safe, quality product that offers superior value for all.”

Alliant Energy’s 12 large-scale projects will create more than 2,000 local construction jobs, generate an estimated $130 million in local tax revenue over the next 30 years and help customers avoid more than $1.6 billion in long-term costs.

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