Alliant Energy Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint

Terry Kouba, President Alliant Energy - Iowa, Alliant Energy Marshalltown employees and community members join to cut the ribbon at the Marshalltown Solar Garden and Battery Project.

Terry Kouba, President Alliant Energy - Iowa, Alliant Energy Marshalltown employees and community members join to cut the ribbon at the Marshalltown Solar Garden and Battery Project.

More than 9,500 solar panels now generate clean energy at Alliant Energy’s new Marshalltown Solar Garden. This pilot project combines solar power and a battery to generate, store and deliver electricity to customers.

The Marshalltown Solar Garden sits next to Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generating Station.

“This solar-battery combination allows us to provide our customers with solar power during the day and night,” Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy Iowa, stated in a release. “The solar field adds power to the grid when the sun is shining and then our battery allows our customers to continue using this renewable energy resource in the evening when the sun isn’t shining.”

The 2.55-MW AC solar system in Marshalltown can power nearly 400 homes. With full sun, the solar panels can also fully charge the 548kWh battery within two hours. When discharged, the battery can power nearly 200 homes for two hours. The solar garden became operational in mid-February and the battery was just put into service this week.

The company has three battery sites in Iowa, and each is being used to pilot different combinations of solar power and energy storage technology. The Marshalltown battery is the company’s first battery that’s directly connected to a utility-sized solar field.

Alliant Energy also has two Dubuque solar gardens, which have been generating clean energy for customers since 2017.

Image caption: Terry Kouba, President Alliant Energy – Iowa, Alliant Energy Marshalltown employees and community members join to cut the ribbon at the Marshalltown Solar Garden and Battery Project.

More solar power in Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin pipeline

sun shining on solar panels

sun shining on solar panelsAlliant Energy recently purchased two more Wisconsin solar projects. These facilities will produce enough power for 30,000 Wisconsin homes per year. The 65-megawatt Paddock and 50-megawatt Albany solar projects are both expected to break ground in 2022 and be in service by the end of 2023. Alliant bought the solar facilities from Capital Dynamics, and they were developed by Tenaska, one of the largest private independent energy companies in the U.S.

“We are excited to add these projects to our renewable portfolio and proud to be delivering cleaner energy while investing in local communities,” said Ben Lipari, Director of Resource Development. “Through our purpose-driven strategy, these projects represent continued investment where we have long-standing partnerships with local businesses and community leaders. The partnership between Capital Dynamics and Tenaska has these projects well-positioned for success.”

Alliant Energy reaches milestone, completes 1000 MW of wind in Iowa

Alliant Energy completed its plan to add 1,000 megawatts of wind production in Iowa, several months ahead of schedule and within budget. This achievement comes as the company completes its 130-MW Richland Wind Farm in Sac County, located in west-central Iowa.

The now operational wind farm is among five wind projects across seven counties in the state. Collectively, the projects provide Iowa customers and communities with new renewable energy and are expected to provide power to approximately 430,000 Iowa homes.

“Continuing to advance cost-effective and clean energy will benefit our customers, the communities we serve and the environment for decades to come,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “Investing in renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, is one more way that our purpose – to serve customers and build strong communities – comes to life.”

Completing the Richland Wind project expands the company’s total of owned and operated wind generation in the state to nearly 1,300 total MW. This investment in wind energy for Iowa customers generates significant financial benefits through tax revenue for communities and lease payments to landowners.

“Thank you to the many leaders throughout the state who have helped us deliver more renewable energy to our customers,” added Kouba. “With wind, because there are no associated fuel costs, our investment in this renewable, natural resource provides long-term savings for our customers. At the same time, we’ll continue delivering safe, reliable and affordable energy to the communities we serve.”

Alliant Energy began construction on the Richland Wind Farm in July 2019 and is now the third largest utility owner-operator of regulated wind in the United States. The company reached a significant milestone over a two-day period in March 2020 when it generated enough renewable wind energy to meet all its Iowa customers’ energy needs from its owned wind farms and wind purchase power agreements.

Alliant Energy’s wind projects keep the company on its path toward achieving their new, aspirational goal of eliminating COemissions from the energy the company generates by 2050, a goal that’s outlined in the company’s latest Corporate Responsibility Report.

For more information on Alliant Energy’s wind development, visit

Small- to mid-size communities becoming talent magnets

Coronavirus continues to play a significant role in our personal and professional lives. With more companies requiring employees to work from home to help decrease the spread and infection rate of COVID-19, many companies are questioning if these employees will need to be physically in the office in the future. The result of more people working from home than ever before is that more people are looking to relocate from urban, high-density environments to the open, low-cost living of our rural communities.

Beginning around 2016, the top criteria for expansion location was workforce. Many communities served by Alliant Energy could not keep up with the job demands, let alone a new industrial company looking for hundreds of employees. Local economic development organizations and chambers of commerce were tasked with the difficult question of where a company would find 100, even 500 new employees in a market with sub 4% unemployment.

With more professionals leaving the urban environment, rural communities will once again have ample access to an educated and full workforce population that can satisfy both existing and future industrial and commercial employers. A recent article in CNN Business reported that signed contracts of condos and co-ops in Manhattan plunged nearly 60% in July, while contracts for single family homes in areas outside of New York skyrocketed. Norfolk County outside of Boston saw a 38% increase in new contracts for single family homes in July and Marin County outside of San Francisco saw a 77% increase over last year.

Nearly 40% of adults living in urban areas indicated they would consider moving “out of populated areas and towards rural areas,” according to a recent survey of 2,050 adults nationwide conducted by the Harris poll. “As ripe breeding grounds of coronavirus, dense cities now have a new challenge in keeping their residents, many of whom had already begun to find rapidly rising rents and job market changes less appealing,” US News reports.

Whether it is for a quality of life upgrade, a lower cost of living or the need for a larger home to accommodate the new remote work environment, people are moving to rural America in large numbers. The next thing to come: a surge in employment opportunities from business expansions and relocations who continue their search for top talent.

Sources: “Survey: Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Urbanites Are Eyeing the Suburbs and These people have left big cities for good. Here’s where they landed

Battery project makes room for more rooftop solar in Decorah, Iowa

Clean solar energy is a good thing. Plus, it can positively affect the performance and efficiency of the electric grid. An innovative battery-storage solution in Decorah, Iowa, jointly supported by Alliant Energy, U.S. Department of Energy and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, looks to seamlessly connect customer-owned solar, while maintaining reliable electrical service across the community.

“This battery project is a game-changer in Decorah,” said Terry Kouba, Senior Vice President – Operations. “We’re installing it on a circuit that’s near capacity for solar. Using batteries can add critical capacity and may save our customers money, because a battery costs a fraction of the total to upgrade our system.”

The 2.5-MW, 2.922-MWh battery will serve as an “electron bank” to store excess solar power. It will store energy generated when the sun is most powerful and then release it in the evening, when demand for electricity peaks. Lessons learned from the Decorah pilot will inform similar future battery projects.

The Decorah energy storage project is expected to be complete and in service by the end of 2020. It will be our third battery storage project in Iowa.

Learn more about this project: Alliant Energy storage project will let Iowa town add more rooftop solar

Metal fabrication booming in Iowa

The global metal fabrication market is expected to grow at a rate of 3%, reaching $21.38 billion by 2024, and Iowa companies continue to grab their share of the growth. To better achieve operational synergies and global competitiveness, four equipment manufacturers served by Alliant Energy recently announced operation expansions.

In total, these state-of-the-art fabrication companies will create over 100 new jobs and invest in excess of $16 million in plant expansions and new metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing equipment. Skilled workers of these firms will produce attachments for skid-steer loaders, excavators, industrial tractors, industrial and agriculture trailers, along with grain-handling equipment.

Learn more about these projects:

Modern industrial building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, delivers a host of opportunities

Looking for an industrial property in the Midwest? This 176,000-square-foot industrial building is new on the market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s situated on a 78-acre lot near the Eastern Iowa Airport with quick interstate access. Situated in a growing industrial area home to General Mills, Quaker Oats, ADM and BAE Systems, this property features 25-foot clear ceilings with nine dock doors and 8-inch thick floors along with ample room to add outdoor storage or expand.

The Cedar Rapids area is the manufacturing hub of Iowa, commanding a central North American location in the heart of the Midwest, a convenient distance from major urban areas and large consumer markets. This property is strategically located within two miles of I-380, which connects to east–west transcontinental I-80 10 minutes away and I-35, a major cross-country, north-south route. The property is also within minutes of Logistic Park Cedar Rapids (LPCR) offering services that allow shippers to capture the benefits of rails’ economies of scale over long distances with the convenience of “last-mile” truck delivery.

For additional information about the property, contact Mary Meisterling, Manager Business Support and Development Account Management at 319-558-7122 or

Alliant Energy once again a Top Utility in Economic Development

Alliant Energy was named a Top Utility in Economic Development by Site Selection magazine. The annual list recognized the company for its contribution to community development, job creation and partnerships with institutions of higher learning in the territories the company serves. For the second year in a row, Alliant Energy is the only Iowa energy company to make the list .

“We are guided by our purpose to serve customers and help build strong communities,” said Terry Kouba, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We partner with the communities we serve, nonprofit organizations and local economic groups to bring our purpose to life.”

Site Selection’s September issue credits Alliant Energy’s economic development team and its collaboration with local, regional and state partners for delivering more than $1.2 billion in new capital investment and more than 2,600 new jobs in Iowa and Wisconsin in 2019. In addition, Alliant Energy’s partnerships with the communities it serves helped bring 44 new industrial, warehouse and office projects to life.

Alliant Energy’s new Community Growth Investment Program provides grants to economic development groups. The funding pays for industrial site certification and also for studies and strategic plans to address issues with the local workforce, housing needs and unique community concerns.

The company also launched a digital manufacturing lab in Ames, Iowa in partnership with the Iowa State University Center for Research and Service (CIRAS) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The initiative benefits small and midsize rural Iowa manufacturers, helping to educate them about technologies such as collaborative robots, 3-D printers and advanced vision systems.

“The visibility that comes with being classified as a top utility for the second year in a row again shines a light on all of the great communities we are privileged to serve,” said Scott Drzycimski, Director of Customer, Community and Economic Development. “Our state’s workforce, certified industrial site options and the leadership of our local partners appeal to companies looking for new locations for their industrial projects and investments.”

Site Selection delivers expansion planning information to 45,000 site location consultants and executives of fast-growing firms and is considered the senior publication in the development field. The magazine bases its ranking on a utility’s efforts to cultivate industrial business development, job creation and the populations it serves.

Alliant Energy announces six new solar projects in Wisconsin

Our Clean Energy Blueprint is a strategic roadmap to cost-effectively accelerate renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions. We recently announced plans to acquire and advance 675 megawatts (MW) of solar in mostly rural areas in six Wisconsin counties: Grant, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood.

Once operational, the energy from the projects will be enough to power 175,000 homes per year – making Alliant Energy the largest owner-operator of solar in Wisconsin. Collectively, these projects are expected to create more than 1,200 local construction jobs, and, once operational, will provide an estimated $80 million in local tax revenues over the next 30 years.

“Solar energy is a smart investment for our Wisconsin customers,” said David de Leon, President of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin energy company. “At a time when much is changing, these projects will provide steady revenue to Wisconsin communities, create new construction, operation and maintenance jobs, and provide our customers with reliable and sustainable energy for years to come. Along with the rest of the Clean Energy Blueprint, these projects will help customers avoid more than $2 billion in long-term costs.”

State-of-the-art industrial building provides unmatched access to the Midwest

Built in 2017 this 250,000 square foot industrial building is situated on a 27-acre lot in the Dubuque Industrial Center South, the City of Dubuque’s newest industrial park. The expansive facility offers 15 dock doors, 36′ ceiling height, 6” thick concrete floors and features 310 car spaces along with 40 trailer storage capacity. This property conveniently sports energy-efficient lighting, ESFR fire protection along with heavy 3,000-amp, 277/480-Volt, 3-Phase power with a 2500-kV pad mount transformer on site.

The Greater Dubuque area commands a central North American location in the heart of the Midwest, a convenient distance from major urban areas and large consumer markets. The tri-state location of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois makes it easy to get your product to market. Passing through Dubuque, four-lane U.S. Highways 20 and 151 provide connections to Interstate 80 and 35 in Iowa, Interstate 90 and 74 in Illinois, and Interstate 94 in Wisconsin. Dubuque is strategically located along the Mississippi River, offering area industries the advantage of barge transportation.

The many advantages that the Dubuque area has to offer have attracted notable industrial blue bloods over the years including, John Deere, Andersen Window & Doors, Medline Industries, Crown Holdings, Georgia Pacific and Hormel.

For additional information about this property, contact Mark Seckman, Senior Business Attraction Manager at 319-270-5081 or