DUBUQUE, Iowa – May 18, 2017 – Our customers in Iowa will soon get a big boost of solar power. Our Iowa energy company is expanding solar energy and we have started construction on the state’s largest solar site.
Work is underway to prepare the location, which is in Dubuque, for more than 15,600 solar panels. The site is expected to start generating renewable energy for customers in August. The 5-megawatt system can generate enough energy from the sun to power 727 typical Iowa homes annually.
“Solar energy is more affordable when it is built on a large scale,” said Terry Kouba, vice president of Iowa operations. “This is our largest solar project yet, and like our other projects, we will apply lessons learned to the development of more solar sites across Iowa.”
The solar project is located in the Dubuque Industrial Center West and is a collaboration with the city of Dubuque and the Greater Dubuque Development Corp.
Alliant Energy is also working with A.Y. McDonald Manufacturing Co. to construct a solar site near downtown Dubuque. With more than 3,500 panels, this 1.2-megawatt system will generate enough energy to power 126 typical Iowa homes annually starting in September. This site will feature an educational component for visitors to learn more about the benefits of solar energy.