Iowa's largest solar garden goes online

Iowa's largest solar garden goes online

Alliant Energy's Iowa energy company has placed Iowa's largest solar garden in service. The record-breaking site is one of two new solar energy resources from Alliant Energy, according to a release.

As of late September, customers started getting solar energy from the 5-megawatt West Dubuque Solar Garden, which is now the state's largest and most powerful individual site, officials said. In addition, customers are also benefitting from the new 1.2-megawatt Port of Dubuque Solar Garden.

"These two solar gardens are part of our plan to harvest a clean energy future for our customers," said Terry Kouba, vice president of Iowa operations at Alliant Energy. "We're continuing to diversify our energy resources, and these additions are another step to help us reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to 2005."

The solar sites by the numbers:

  • Combined size: 6.2 megawatts 
  • Combined output: 850 homes powered annually 
  • Combined number of panels: 19,160 
  • Combined acres used: 27

"Both of these projects are the result of innovative collaboration from the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and the city of Dubuque," Kouba said. "The Port of Dubuque location required unique coordination because it's a former industrial site.”

The Port of Dubuque Solar Garden is between the city and the Mississippi River. Contractors will continue landscaping work through the fall. The site will offer an educational display for visitors to learn more about solar energy.


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