Today marks a major milestone for clean energy in Wisconsin. Alliant Energy’s first utility-scale solar project is now operational. At 50 megawatts (MW), the Bear Creek Solar Project in Richland County is Wisconsin’s newest large-scale utility solar farm. The site can generate enough electricity to power approximately 13,000 homes.
“This project represents a significant, long-term investment in our community,” said Van Nelson, town of Buena Vista clerk. “The township very much appreciated how well they were kept informed of progress throughout the project. The strong partnership with Alliant Energy and its commitment to responsible stewardship ensures that this solar farm will deliver economic, environmental and financial benefits for decades to come.”
In addition to this site producing clean solar energy to power homes and businesses, Richland County and the town of Buena Vista will receive an estimated $200,000 in combined shared revenue payments annually for the next 30 years through the state’s shared revenue program.