Why customers support Alliant Energy® Community Solar


“We joined the Alliant Energy® Community Solar program because we were looking for a way to support sustainable, clean energy and it was not feasible to put solar on our house.  We were thrilled to learn we could also help family members reduce their energy bills, too. We chose to purchase additional solar blocks to donate to our three oldest children. Now, our family members will benefit from community solar.”

Joe Sharp
Centerville, Iowa

“I think having this opportunity to go green is showing the whole state that green energy is good for jobs. It’s good for the planet.”  

Sister Susan Seeby
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin  

Watch more of Sister Susan’s testimonial.

Habitat for Humanity
woman with a saw

“The Cedar Rapids community solar garden is a great addition to our community, creating renewable energy well into the future.”

Brittany Scanlon, executive director
Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

Learn about our donation
Kathy's story
Kathy Leifer

"... it's peace of mind knowing if I move, those blocks can be transferred to the new owner, or I can receive a prorated credit back."

Kathy Leifer
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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Gary's Foods
Man in grocery store

“We found it was a simple way to get started with solar. Our business and operations still reap the benefits from the renewable energy.”

Peter Dietrich, general manager
Gary’s Foods
Mt. Vernon, Iowa 


“At Transamerica and Aegon AM, we have embedded sustainability as a central pillar within our company strategy. Guided by our purpose, we aim to positively impact society and the environment, and we are committed to supporting the transition to a climate-resilient economy and a net-zero world. Part of that transition is participating in renewable energy opportunities like the Community Solar program in Cedar Rapids.” 

Chris Thompson, U.S. CEO
Aegon AM
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Alliant Energy® Community Solar – Cedar Rapids anchor tenant

We get asked a lot about green initiatives … and this is one way that we can show that we are participating.”

Pat Michels, president and CEO
Michels Corporation
Brownville, Wisconsin
Alliant Energy® Community Solar – Fond du Lac anchor tenant

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“Because of my location in a condo complex, I would not be able to place solar panels either on the ground or the roof. I wanted to be a part of this important effort. You can take advantage of the benefits of solar from wherever you live.”

Scott E. Olson
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

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Jerry's story
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“The Alliant Energy community solar program offered us a simple and practical way to use solar energy. It takes away all the complications.”

Jerry Vander Sanden
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Tom's story
Tom Schuppe

"You know what is generating the electrical power.You know that it's not causing pollution."

Tom Schuppe
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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Brian's story
Brian Kolstad

"As a local elected official ... community solar gives us something to advertise to the rest of the world."

Brian Kolstad, city council president
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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This program is import to Habitat for Humanity because we’re passing off the gift of the solar blocks to our partner families.”

Katie Karls, past director
Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin  

Hear more about why Alliant Energy gave the gift of solar.

“We had researched solar energy opportunities for years, specifically ones that would be suitable for our aging building. When we learned of Alliant Energy’s Community Solar garden, we determined that it made good economic sense. This is a sound business decision that also aligns with our vision of creating a vibrant community.”

Dr. Les Garner Jr., president and CEO
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“Most companies have sustainability goals that include reducing their carbon footprint. Solar is one way to achieve those goals. Alliant Energy has been very proactive promoting renewable energy. Diversifying our energy production will help companies meet their sustainability goals."

Ron Corbett, vice president of economic development
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“Our gift to them [St. Katharine Drexel Shelter] is a win-win. Shelter is needed and clean energy is needed. Our hope is the solar block donation will help sustain the shelter’s operations by reducing their energy expenses for the 20-year life of the solar garden.”

Sister Jean Steffes, general superior
Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin  

Learn more about the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes' gift of solar. [PDF]