Cedar Rapids, IA

Site of retired Iowa nuclear plant to become state’s biggest solar farm


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Alliant Energy has announced its plan for a solar energy and storage facility at the site of the former Duane Arnold nuclear power plant near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The plan awaits approval from the County’s Technical Review Committee which is scheduled to meet on May 19.

The Duane Arnold Solar I project plans to use 316 acres to place photovoltaic solar arrays capable of generating up to 50 megawatts of energy. The Duane Arnold Solar II would use 815 acres to place solar arrays capable of generating up to 150 MW and a 75-MW, four-hour battery energy storage facility. If approved by the county, the project is expected to be up and running by the end of 2024.

Ben Lipari, Alliant Energy’s director of resource development, said:

We are repurposing the property and some of the related infrastructure of the retired Duane Arnold Energy Center and reinvesting in Iowa. It’s part of our purpose-driven strategy of serving customers and building stronger communities.Our Clean Energy Blueprint is our plan for accelerating our transition to produce more clean, renewable energy while investing back into the communities we serve. Clean energy and storage technology is cost-effective and will deliver sustainable benefits to our customers for decades to come.

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