Turbine technician: A growing job with a bright future

Wind turbines appear to have a simple function: The wind blows and their blades move. But there is more to it than that. Due to the turbines’ complexity, operation and maintenance services are essential, and more jobs are opening to keep them working.

Turbine techs conduct periodic equipment inspections, sensor calibration, cleaning and occasional repairs. They climb the towers – averaging over 250 feet tall – to do that work.

The number of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 108% from 2014 to 2024. That’s much faster than the job opportunities for healthcare and technology, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Afraid of heights? Turbine tech is just one of many wind energy jobs. Over 73,000 people are employed in the industry – and many of them never leave the ground. The Department of Energy says wind power could support up to 380,000 jobs by 2030.

Learn more about how our wind resources are growing at alliantenergy.com/wind.

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You get the hint. My Account is your online, self-service destination for all things Alliant Energy. Once you’re enrolled, you can also sign up for helpful billing- and outage-related alerts via text message or email. 

Need even more convincing? Sign up for My Account now so you’ll be able to access all your account information and view your bill from the new mobile app we’re launching in the fall!

Go to alliantenergy.com/myaccount and sign up today!

The cold is coming! Stay warm and comfy.

With winter just around the corner, now is the time to schedule a Home Energy Assessment. We can find upgrades to make your home more comfortable and recommend rebates to make improvements more affordable. 

Our home energy experts find three main culprits in cold, uncomfortable homes:

  1. Insufficient insulation: Many homes simply don’t have enough insulation. The average amount in most attics ranges from four to six inches, when they really need 14 to 16 inches. 
  2. Air leaks: Homes without enough insulation usually are poorly air-sealed too. Cold air comes in, causing drafts, and warm air escapes, costing money. 
  3. Faulty duct work: Do you wonder why that room above the garage is always cold? Your duct system can affect comfort too if there isn’t enough warm air making its way into rooms.  

Customers who heat with Alliant Energy-provided electricity or natural gas can sign up for a Comprehensive Home Energy Assessment for $100. That includes both an assessment of the current insulation amount and air tightness using a blower door, plus energy-saving items the assessor will install for you on the spot. 

You can find more information at alliantenergy.com/homeassessment.

Solar project celebrates one year in operation

The Rock River solar project near Beloit, Wis., recently marked its first anniversary of providing clean energy to our customers. Currently, it is the state’s largest operating solar generating station, producing enough power to serve over 375 homes.

A partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources allowed us to site the facility on 16 acres of a closed landfill to responsibly reuse the property. Over 7,700 solar panels are mounted on a single-axis tracker system, which pivots to follow the sun. This provides a 15% to 20% increase in generation compared to a fixed mounting system.

“The sun-tracking system provides real flexibility to maximize energy output and has boosted power production from the Rock River solar project,” said Kim Halverson, Rock River project manager. “In its first year of operation, the facility will exceed the guaranteed energy production of over 3 million kilowatt-hours of energy.”

Rock River solar is owned by Hanwha Q CELLS USA. Our company purchases 100% of the energy produced from it, with an option to buy the solar system in 2026. The solar equipment is expected to have a useful life of approximately 25 years.