Dubuque County will become home to the state’s largest solar site this summer.
An electric energy company has started work on a $10 million project to install more than 15,000 solar panels on a 21-acre site on the west side of Dubuque.
Alliant Energy’s new solar array will be able to generate 5 megawatts of energy in ideal conditions, enough to power over 725 homes. It’s expected to start generating power in August.
The company’s vice president of generation operations, Terry Kouba, says the array lays the groundwork for solar expansion elsewhere in the state.
Crews will also install solar panels on 6-acre site in east Dubuque that was used as a factory and foundry site for over 80 years. Work on that location will begin in June.
(the Associated Press contributed to this story)