Alliant Purchases 300 MW Wind Project from Apex

Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company will begin construction on the Upland Prairie Wind Farm in spring 2018. Alliant purchased the 300 MW project from Apex Clean Energy.
Alliant Purchases 300 MW Wind Project from Apex

“We are bringing more clean and cost-competitive wind energy to our customers,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “If our second wind expansion project is approved, one third of our energy in Iowa will be from wind, starting in 2020.”

The 121 turbines will be located on approximately 30,000 acres in Clay and Dickinson counties in northwest Iowa. Alliant expects the energy output will be sufficient to power around 130,000 homes a year.

According to the company, the project could bring in $40 million or more in the form of additional property taxes and $45 million in lease payments to landowners over the next 25 years..

When discussing the project Mark Goodwin, president and CEO of Apex, said, “Apex wind projects are designed to meet the needs of forward-thinking utilities such as Alliant Energy.We share the same priorities, especially strong community partnerships.”

Alliant Energy received approval in 2016 to add up to 500 MW of wind energy. The company requested a similar expansion from the Iowa Utilities Board this year. The combined projects would represent a $1.8 billion investment and add up to 1,000 megawatts of new wind generation in Iowa. 

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