Wisconsin public utility Alliant Energy has unveiled its “Powering What’s Next” plan, a long-term mission to accelerate the transition of renewable energy in The Badger State.
The plan will revolve around Alliant’s five primary areas of focus when it comes to helping customers reach a more sustainable future: clean energy; customer choice; smarter energy use; community involvement and conversions to cleaner fuels.
The first step in this mission will be the addition of 1GW of new PV capacity within the state by the end of 2023. That influx of new PV generation will be enough to power approximately 260,000 homes, with Alliant considering projects located throughout its Wisconsin service area.
John Larsen, chairman, president and CEO of Alliant Energy Corporation, said: “We’re accelerating our transition to a clean energy future and putting renewable energy to work for our customers. For more than 100 years, our mission has been to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy services. Powering What’s Next is our purpose-driven approach to serving customers and strengthening communities, creating optimism for the future.”
Alliant’s first community solar installation developed as part of its “Powering What’s Next” plan will be located in Fond du Lac County and is expected to break ground in 2020.
David de Leon, president of Alliant Energy — Wisconsin, added: “By building new solar energy resources, we are contributing to a brighter future for our customers and the communities we serve. We look forward to working with our employees and labor partners in the construction, operation and maintenance of our new clean energy investments.”
Other features of the “Powering What’s Next” plan include the option for Alliant Energy customers to choose to have 100% of their energy supplied by renewable sources, as well as participate in a customer-hosted, utility-owned solar panel program through roof leasing designed for medium-sized projects of ~200kw.