The Bear Creek Solar Project is an estimated 50-megawatt (MW) solar project located in Richland County, Wisconsin. The Bear Creek Solar Project will connect into the electrical transmission grid directly through the local substation. Once complete, the project will positively impact the environment and generate enough clean, low-cost energy to power thousands of homes.

Project Update: August 27, 2021

Construction is now underway on the Bear Creek Solar Project. Find out which local crews are involved in building this project and check out the photos.

Bear Creek Solar grading work

Fast facts

  • Location: Town of Buena Vista, Village of Lone Rock
  • Acreage: 456 acres
  • Developer: Savion Energy
  • Public Service Commission Docket: 6680-CE-182
  • Timeline: Construction is expected to get underway in the summer of 2021 and be completed in late 2022.
Construction Update
All necessary permits have been acquired and the civil work is underway. Workers are leveling the area for panel installation and building the service roads, creating a safe area for delivery of all materials and equipment. Grading, seeding, fencing and retainage ponds are also under construction and the electrical work is underway. This includes creating the path for electricity to flow from the panels to the substation and then to customer homes and businesses.

Burns & McDonnell is managing the construction of this project. Their employees are joined by local Union Craft Labor and crews from Westphal Electric and Rachel Contracting. Throughout construction, the community should anticipate an economic boost as crews fill up at nearby gas stations, dine at local restaurants, spend the night at area hotels, and visit local establishments, grocery stores and retail shops.
Solar and the Clean Energy Blueprint
The Bear Creek Solar Project is one of the 12 solar projects Alliant Energy has proposed in Wisconsin. The projects span dozens of communities across nine counties. Collectively, these projects will add nearly 1,100 MW of solar energy generation to the state’s energy grid by the end of 2023 – enough to power nearly 300,000 homes.

These projects demonstrate our commitment to advancing clean energy and strengthening the communities we serve. They create an economic boost for communities and landowners while providing customers with reliable, environmentally friendly energy for decades to come.

Collectively, our solar projects, along with the rest of our Clean Energy Blueprint, are also a smart investment that will help customers avoid more than $2 billion in long-term costs. They will also provide steady revenue through new construction opportunities, create an estimated 2,000 construction jobs and provide approximately $300 million in revenues to local communities and landowners over an estimated project lifespan of 30 years.

As we move toward creating a healthier environment, these initiatives are positioning Alliant Energy to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity we generate by 2050.

Visit our Powering What's Next site for more details on our Clean Energy Blueprint.

Economic benefits

Bear Creek Solar grading work

  • The Bear Creek Solar Project will be a significant source of new local tax revenue, creating hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual shared revenue for the Town of Buena Vista, Village of Lone Rock and Bear Creek.
  • Construction of the project will create a few hundred jobs and employ a couple full-time employees once operational.
  • Leased land payments will provide income for local landowners and farmers over the 30-year lifespan.
  • In addition, soil recovery during the project’s lifespan will protect agricultural land and preserve its value for future generations.

Environmental benefits

Bear Creek Solar grading work

  • This project will feature grass and seed mixes surrounding the solar panels and throughout the solar arrays that will help build soil nutrients and create a pollinator-friendly habitat.
  • Pollinator-friendly vegetation has been proven to prevent soil erosion and add benefit to high-value crops, creating a win-win for both human and wildlife communities.
  • Requiring only sunlight for fuel, the Bear Creek Solar Project represents a long-term reduction of traditional fossil fuels for energy generation, creating a clean environment and clean energy future for Wisconsin and the Midwest.