Alliant works on solar project at two sites in Dubuque, Iowa

Alliant Energy (NYSE: LNT) said June 15 that its Iowa utility is pursuing two solar energy sites with the city of Dubuque, along with the Greater Dubuque Development Corp. and A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.

“Dubuque is extremely pleased to be part of a significant project that will create a meaningful and lasting impact on our community,” said Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol. “Initiatives like this are the key to increasing access to renewable energy and creating a sustainable future.”

“This collaboration demonstrates the power of a city, a local business and a utility working together,” said John Larsen, senior vice president of Alliant Energy. “The project showcases how we’re looking beyond traditional energy generation to develop renewable energy for customers.”

The first site is a former foundry near downtown owned by A.Y. McDonald. The second site is planned for the city’s newly-acquired land near the Dubuque Industrial Center West. Alliant Energy’s project will transform the land into a source of renewable energy and will study how to develop similar sites across Iowa.

Alliant Energy expects the system to be at least 4 MW in size and to begin operating in 2017.

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

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