Alliant weighs boosting solar Power generation

Alliant weighs boosting solar Power generation

Alliant Energy said Monday it’s interested in boosting the amount of power it gets from solar generation by 50 percent.
 
Alliant’s Iowa utility, Interstate Power & Light, has issued a request for proposals from companies interested in developing solar projects that can provide between 1 and 10 megawatts of energy.
 
It would be enough power to serve between 200 and 2,000 average households, the utility said.
 
The projects could range from utility-scale solar fields to smaller community-based programs, such as solar gardens that customers can buy into, the utility said.
 
Alliant now gets about 22 megawatts of solar energy from about 1,650 customers who generate the renewable energy.
 
An Alliant spokesman said the request for proposals is unrelated to a July settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air emissions.
 
Interstate Power agreed to spend $6 million on environmental mitigation projects, which can include long-term purchases of solar-generated energy.
 
Under the agreement, Interstate Power said it would invest about $620 million to upgrade seven Iowa coal-fired generating plants. It also agreed to pay a $1.1 million civil penalty.

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