Alliant Energy Turns Wisconsin’s Old Landfill into the State’s Largest Solar FarmAlliant Energy Turns Wisconsin’s Old Landfill into the State’s Largest Solar Farm
Alliant Energy commissioned Wisconsin’s largest solar facility last month in the Town of Beloit.
July 25, 2016
An old 17-acre landfill site in Wisconsin has been transformed into a 2.3 megawatt solar farm, which features more than 7,700 solar panels that can produce enough generate clean power to power 500 local households.
The new solar facility, which is the largest in the state, was commissioned by Alliant Energy. The company has approximately 53,000 customers that will benefit from the energy generated by the solar farm.
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Alliant Energy commissioned Wisconsin’s largest solar facility last month in the Town of Beloit. The Rock River Solar project transformed the 17-acre landfill site into a 2.3 megawatt (MW) solar farm with more than 7,700 solar panels that can provide enough generate clean power to power 500 local households.
“We’re excited about the benefits that solar power will bring to our Town of Beloit property and to the Beloit and Janesville communities,” Alliant Energy Spokesperson Scott Reigstad told the Beloit Daily News. Alliant Energy has about 53,000 Alliant Energy customers in the area that will benefit from the energy produced by the solar farm, more than 10 percent of the 461,000 customers it has across the state.
“We’re making a move towards cleaner energy,” Reigstad said. The utility is shutting down some of its coal-fired powered plants and replacing them with natural gas power plants to provide base load power. For Instance it's scheduled to bring another natural gas fired power plant online in 2020 and has another solar plant in the works, too.