Alliant Energy given the green light for two battery storage facilities, Wisconsin

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Madison-based On Wednesday, Alliant Energy reported that two battery energy storage facilities in the counties of Grant and Wood have been approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. This gives the all-clear to build batteries with a combined capacity of 175 megawatts.

When the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, battery storage devices allow people to access electricity. These systems store energy generated by renewable resources like solar and wind.

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The devices will improve grid dependability and flexibility for supplying energy to customers, according to a news release from David de Leon, president of Alliant’s Wisconsin energy company.

When construction on the Alliant energy battery facilities in Wisconsin will begin

According to Alliant officials, construction will begin on both battery projects in early 2024. By the end of 2024, it is anticipated that the Wood County project, in Saratoga, will be up and running. According to officials, the Grant County project in the town of Potosi should be operational by the middle of 2025.

When the systems are finished, they will be able to power over 80,000 houses for four hours and 100,000 homes for four hours, respectively. Furthermore, FlexGen of North Carolina was chosen to supply the energy management system and battery energy storage machinery.

Company representatives stated that Alliant’s objectives are to employ cleaner and more efficient energy sources as part of its Clean Energy Vision and to reduce Wisconsin’s carbon dioxide emissions to zero through a number of statewide solar projects. Additionally, they aim to produce power with zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Battery storage is consistent with these objectives, the officials stated.

By the end of 2024, Alliant plans to add over 1,100 MW of solar energy to the state’s system. Three projects that the business finished in 2022 and became operational in Grant, Wood, and Rock Counties. In the southern section of the state, nine more are being built.