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Creston School District breaks ground on Panther Solar Field

Posted Date: 5/08/24 (9:15 AM)

Creston School District breaks ground on Panther Solar Field
In partnership with Alliant Energy, the school district expands sustainability effort:


CRESTON, Iowa (May 1, 2024) – Crews have begun construction on the Panther Solar Field, a
1.4-megawatt solar project partnership between Alliant Energy and the Creston School District.
The solar project falls under the Alliant Energy® Customer-Hosted Renewables program. The
company expects it will be operational in early 2025 and provide lease payments to the district
for at least 20 years.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with Alliant Energy to develop a solar garden on district
property,” said Deron Stender, Superintendent of Creston Schools. “The solar garden reflects
the joint effort to support renewable energy, and provide educational opportunities and valuable
resources for children, staff, Creston Schools and the community.”
In addition to generating reliable, renewable energy, the Panther Solar Field will help Alliant
Energy understand the benefits of placing projects on the local distribution system. With a local
energy source and increased efforts to underground electric lines, Alliant Energy hopes
customers see increased reliability in the community.
The school can use the approximately 2,500 solar panels as an educational opportunity for
students of all ages.
“This is an exciting time for both Creston Schools and Alliant Energy as the project provides
learning opportunities for students and staff about reliable, clean energy,” said David Vollmar,
senior key account manager for Alliant Energy. “We appreciate the partnership from the school
district as it showcases its commitment to sustainability.”
The Panther Solar Field is an important part of Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint , the
company’s roadmap to diversify its energy mix and accelerate its transition to renewable
energy. The company’s Clean Energy Vision includes a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas
emissions from its utility operations by 2050.