BELOIT - New Alliant Energy power plant would be partly solar powered
The new power plant Alliant Energy plans to build in the town of Beloit will use natural gas to create electricity for its customers, but the plant itself will be run, in part, by solar power.
The Madison utility company released specifics Friday on the proposal initially revealed last November. It calls for building a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, able to serve more than 500,000 homes, fronted by an array of solar panels — a new element of the plan.
The new power plant would be built next to the existing 675-megawatt, natural gas-fueled Riverside power plant. Its waste heat from the generation process would be captured and turned into additional electricity.
The project would cost an estimated $750 million.