Alliant Energy: Iowa County Law Enforcement Center advances renewable energy goals

DODGEVILLE, Wisconsin – April 19, 2022 – The first solar rooftop installation of Alliant Energy’s Customer Hosted Renewables program is now operational in Iowa County.

The 300-kilowatt (kW) solar system utilizes over 700 solar panels on 29,000 square feet of Iowa County’s new Law Enforcement Center roof in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. It will provide clean energy to the local electric grid and at maximum output could produce enough energy to power nearly 50 homes. Alliant Energy first announced the project in March 2021.

“As our first customer-hosted solar rooftop project, we believe this project showcases our commitment to helping customers meet their renewable goals,” said Ben Lipari, director of resource development and customer solutions. “We’re proud to offer collaboration at all scales and scopes while enhancing integration with community planning.”

Under the program, Alliant Energy will own and operate the solar facility on the Law Enforcement Center rooftop in exchange for providing Iowa County with monthly lease payments over a 20-year period. There are no costs to Iowa County. Alliant Energy will handle all the operations and maintenance.

“The installation and operation of this solar site is another historic event for Iowa County residents and government,” said John Meyers, Iowa County Board Chair. “There is strong mutual interest in the partnership with Alliant Energy, as this opportunity fits Iowa County’s energy sustainability and efficiency goals. It is appropriate for our County to lead the state with this first-of-its-kind solar project, as in 2001, when we led with one of Wisconsin’s first commercial scale wind farms.”

SunVest Solar LLC, a Pewaukee, Wisconsin-based solar developer, provided solar design, engineering and construction collaboration for the project.

“SunVest Solar is excited to partner with Alliant Energy on a project that generates clean, renewable energy for their customers,” said John Daugherty, vice president of project development for SunVest Solar. “Iowa County Law Enforcement has been a great partner throughout the solar installation process.”

Please find photos and video of the rooftop solar site here; credit SunVest Solar.