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The benefits of utility-scale solar

If you’re like us, when you find something good, you like to share it with your friends. That’s one of the reasons we’re making smart investments in utility-scale solar as part of our Clean Energy Blueprint—our roadmap to accelerating our renewable energy transition.

Solar energy has many benefits, including reduced energy costs, job creation opportunities and more environmentally-friendly uses of natural resources. Utility-scale solar allows us to share those benefits with the communities we serve.

What is utility-scale solar?

Utility-scale solar projects generate solar power and feed it into the grid, supplying utility companies like Alliant Energy with the energy needed to power homes and businesses. Unlike rooftop or community solar options, utility-scale solar allows utility companies to provide solar power to all customers rather than individual end-use consumers. This means everyone using energy from a utility company benefits from solar energy.

What are the benefits?

Solar energy generation comes with many benefits that only get better when they come together on the utility scale.

It helps local economies.

In 2020, solar power was named the “cheapest electricity in history.” Incorporating utility-scale solar into our diverse energy mix helps reduce energy costs for our customers and communities.
Utility-scale solar creates jobs across the supply chain and in communities that host solar projects. These opportunities come in research and development, manufacturing of solar power materials, construction and operation of solar power plants and solar power installation and maintenance.

It helps the environment.

Solar power provides many environmental benefits, including the reduction of harmful pollutants and carbon emissions in comparison to fossil fuel-based energy sources.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that widespread solar adoption significantly reduces nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter emissions which can cause health problems. NREL found that solar power results in fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, and health-related lost workdays.

It helps with resilience and reliability.

Solar is a free and almost endless source of energy, with scientists estimating another 5 billion years before the sun runs out of hydrogen.
Solar energy strengthens the reliability and resiliency of the energy grid by serving as an additional power source that keeps energy flowing even when other parts of the grid aren’t performing. That means fewer power interruptions and more reliable energy service all year round.

We’re excited to share our solar generation progress with you, as well as all the benefits that come with it.

Dana is a Content Strategist specializing in renewable energy. With over a decade of experience crafting thought-leading informational content, she’s passionate about spreading the message of Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint and sustainability efforts.

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