Interstate Power and Light approved for 4-MW solar project in Iowa

The Iowa Utilities Board on Jan. 5 approved an Oct. 31, 2016, application from Interstate Power and Light (IPL) for certification of 2.5 MW of a 4.0-MW solar energy conversion facility as an eligible facility under renewable energy law.

In the application, IPL stated that it will be the sole owner of the facility. IPL stated that all the renewable energy produced by the facility will be delivered to IPL’s Seippel Substation and used to offset local energy consumption needs. IPL will be the entity that applies for renewable energy tax credits.

IPL said the facility will be located in Dubuque County, Iowa, and is expected to be placed in service on or about Aug. 31, 2017.

Under state law, IPL can only be granted preliminary eligibility for 2.5 MW of the capacity for the facility. Also under the law, the facility must be operational within 30 months following this preliminary eligibility approval. 

A project contact is: Rick Zimmerman, Interstate Power and Light, 200 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52406-0351, telephone 608-458-3226,

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