Wood County Solar Project, LLC
Wood County Solar Project is a 150-megawatt (MW) solar energy facility under construction in Wood County, Wisconsin owned by Alliant Energy. 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. We are excited to be working in partnership with county officials and landowners to bring Wood County residents the opportunity to host a clean, environmentally compatible, renewable energy generation installation.
Local Labor Info
Local Labor Info
Any individuals interested in employment at this solar construction project should contact the Northeast Wisconsin Building & Construction Trades Office; click HERE.
For more information on the hiring plan for Wood County Solar Project click HERE.
Benefits of a Solar Energy Project
A solar project provides a healthy, productive economic development opportunity for local land to harvest a stable cash crop – the sun. Benefits include positive impacts to the local economy through tax revenues to local governments and support to other local services. Host communities typically experience economic boosts for local businesses and supply chains and the opportunities for new jobs – primarily during the construction phase.
In addition to being safe and compatible with agricultural and rural residential uses, solar energy facilities exist in harmony with wildlife and the environment. They make good neighbors because they operate almost silently without producing odor or byproducts; or attracting additional traffic.
In the bigger picture, solar energy projects provide an abundant, earth-friendly, sustainable power resource to help stabilize electricity costs. These amazing systems lessen carbon emissions and contribute to the diversification of the nation’s electricity grid.
Local Economic Impacts
Hundreds of local jobs are expected to be generated during the project's construction phase.
Solar power facilities provide positive impacts to the local economy through increased revenues to local governments and the creation of new jobs during construction. In addition, throughout the development and construction phases, host communities can experience an economic surge for the local supply chain including increased spending at hotels, restaurants, stores, gas stations, and other goods and services in the area.
The Wood County Solar Project is located south of State Highway 73 [more specifically...south of Sevenmile Creek] and west of State Highway 13, approximately 7 miles south of Wisconsin Rapids.
This map has been updated to reflect the PSC’s decision to permit easement alternative 1
View map of project civil works including gravel access roads and solar blocks
Size & Acres
The project size is estimated to be 1,650 acres in the town of Saratoga. However, the project, which consists of all solar components and infrastructure, will occupy approximately 1,200 acres of the project area based on the current design.
March 2018: Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) interconnection submitted
November 2020: Interconnection Agreement Execution (expected)
March 2021: CPCN permit approved by Public Service Commission
July 2021: Ownership of the project transitioned to Alliant Energy and construction began.
News & Updates
November 17 2021 - Our second community newsletter is available! Follow the link to see the construction progress at the Wood County Solar Project site.
Want to Connect?
Without the vision and partnership of county officials and supportive community members, solar power facilities would not be possible. With gratitude, we want to recognize the residents of the Town of Saratoga and Wood County for their support and ambition to secure a bright future for their community through an economic contributor like Wood County Solar Project.
Our team is proud to be working with the Wood County community on this solar project:
Alliant Energy Construction Site Manager
Burns & McDonnell Senior Project Manager