The Wood County Solar Project is an estimated 150-megawatt (MW) solar project located in Wood County, Wisconsin. The Wood County 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 tens of thousands of homes.
Project Update: November 15, 2021
The onsite civil work, such as creating access roads, retaining ponds, and site grading is nearly complete as construction continues. Pilings and racking systems to support the solar panels are being installed. Seeding and vegetation growth is underway and making solid progress in promoting native plant growth and a pollinator habitat with the project expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
Read further about this project update in our latest newsletter.
Construction photo gallery
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- Location: Town of Saratoga
- Acreage: 1,200 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.
- The Wood County 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 Saratoga and Wood County.
- Construction of the project will create a few hundred jobs and employ a couple full-time employees once operational.
- In addition, soil recovery during the project’s lifespan will protect agricultural land and preserve its value for future generations.
- 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 Wood County 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.
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Earlier project updates
Project Update: August 18, 2021
In mid-July, Alliant Energy announced the acquisition of Wood County Solar Project from Savion, LLC. Construction began almost immediately. Led by Burns & McDonnell, more than 100 employees are currently working to build the 150 MW solar project, which is on track to be fully operational by late 2022.
Project Update: July 12, 2021
Ownership of Wood County Solar Project is officially transitioning from Savion, LLC to Alliant Energy. This milestone comes on the heels of approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) on Alliant Energy’s filing for 675 MW of solar. It also marks the beginning of construction on the 150-MW project located in the town of Saratoga (about seven miles south of Wisconsin Rapids).
Project Update: April 12, 2021
Today, tree harvesting is set to begin. Click to view a map of the area. You may recall that Wood County Solar is working with local mills to use the harvested wood to produce beneficial products. While much of the wood is expected to meet the mills’ 4‐inch thickness requirements, any wood/stumps that doesn’t meet the mills’ requirements or cannot be accepted on a timeline that meets the project’s requirements will be chipped. The chipped wood will be used in a combination of ways; some will be sent to a local bio‐mass plant, some will be used on‐site, and some will be made available free for use by community residents.
Project Update: April 6, 2021
This week, at the Wood County Solar Project location, you’ll begin to notice surveyors on-site. You may also notice TNT Loggers and Ryan Inc/Homer Tree Service dropping off their equipment as they get ready to begin tree harvesting this month. In other news, Wood County Solar Project, LLC has completed the purchase of all the land that is need for the 150 megawatt solar project, including land near the interconnection point on the transmission line.
Alliant Energy is working in partnership with Wood County Solar Project, LLC, the Town of Saratoga, and the Wood County community to ensure the tree harvesting process meets community standards, is completed as sustainably as possible, and in alignment with the overall project objectives and timeline.