Alliant Energy says its utility customers are now receiving clean power from the 2.3 MW Rock River solar project, which recently went into service near Beloit, Wis.
The project includes over 7,700 solar panels and covers nearly 17 acres on landfill property owned by Alliant Energy. The utility collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to enable the landfill site to be reused for the solar facility.
Alliant Energy signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS USA, which owns and operates the project, and the deal includes an option to buy the facility at the end of the contract.
“Investments in clean energy have been central to our plan for decades,” says Patricia Kampling, Alliant Energy’s 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.”
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