Interstate Power and Light seeks solar project offers of up to 10 MW in size

Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) said Oct. 5 that it is seeking to expand its renewable energy generation with solar power at its Interstate Power and Light subsidiary in Iowa.

Interstate Power and Light is issuing a request for proposals for new solar projects that could increase its system-wide solar generation by 50%. The request is to build solar projects between 1 MW and 10 MW within the Iowa service territory.

“We’re in a transition right now as we continue to move to a cleaner energy future,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “We’ve been increasing the use of different types of renewable energy for years, and now we are exploring ways to specifically provide solar power to our customers.”

The request for proposals (RFP) seeks a variety of options and configurations for new solar generation in Iowa, and the company hopes that developers will bring innovation to their proposals.

“There are a variety of ways we could design and deploy solar energy,” said Kopp. “We will be considering a wide range of options, from larger utility-scale solar fields to smaller community solar programs. We will engage customers, key stakeholders and interested parties to help us develop the new program options, rates and services.”

Alliant Energy has helped Iowa customers connect 1,650 individual solar or wind systems to the electric system, and recognizes that different customers need different options.

“The desire to tap into renewable energy is broader than the number of customers whose homes and businesses or incomes are suitable for rooftop solar, and we’re working on new energy solutions for our communities and customers,” said Kopp. “We’ll be listening to what our customers are interested in.”

Interested developers should email sellmypower@alliantenergy.com for a vendor pre-qualification form.

The RFP issued Oct. 5 is one component of the project’s evaluation process. The RFP solicits utility ownership and/or long-term Purchased Power Agreement (PPA) proposals for new solar resources. The RFP is requesting that respondents install up to 10 MW of solar nameplate capacity and supply energy to Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers beginning in fourth quarter 2016. Notification of Intent to Bid is due Oct. 15.

Interstate Power and Light utilizes the trade name of Alliant Energy. The Iowa utility is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and provides electric service to 487,000 customers and natural gas service to 226,000 customers in over 600 communities.

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