Alliant Proposes $900M Solar Buy; 6 Farms Would Power 175,000 Homes
Energy has announced plans to purchase about $900 million worth of new solar
power plants in Wisconsin.
The six projects totaling 675 megawatts of capacity —
enough to power about 175,000 typical Wisconsin homes for a year — are the
first phase in the Madison-based utility’s plans to add up to 1,000 megawatts
of solar by 2024.
The acquisition would make Alliant the largest solar
operator in Wisconsin.
Alliant plans to file applications Wednesday with the
Public Service Commission for permission to purchase the solar projects, which
range in size from 50 to 200 megawatts and are under development in Grant,
Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood counties.
All six projects are being developed by private,
unregulated companies. Five are in the permitting pipeline; Alliant and Ranger
Power announced plans Tuesday to seek a conditional use permit later this year
for the sixth, a 75-megawatt project in the town of Jefferson.