Burns & McDonnell Completes 250 MWac of solar tasks for Alliant Energy in Wisconsin


By SB Staff January 18, 2023

Burns & McDonnell has accomplished engineer-procure-construct (EPC) companies for 3 Alliant Energy solar tasks in Wisconsin, totaling 250 MWac.

Representing a part of Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint, the energized tasks are:

Despite tariffs on Asian-manufactured solar panels that precipitated many builders to pause their tasks between late 2021 and the primary half of 2022, Alliant Energy selected to maintain these preliminary three tasks shifting ahead. Alliant Energy maintained progress in its program due to a collection of proactive steps that included procurement of 1.5 million bifacial PV modules prematurely of the tariff-related uncertainty that emerged. Thanks to shut collaboration between Alliant Energy and the built-in EPC staff, important paths for long-lead objects had been recognized together with revolutionary engineering that enabled development scheduling efficiencies.

“Big thoughts go nowhere without bold actions,” mentioned Doug Riedel, senior vp of renewables at Burns & McDonnell. “Alliant Energy took the bold actions needed to keep these projects moving forward and fulfilling commitments to make its Clean Energy Blueprint a reality.”

The three tasks had been accomplished with an exemplary security report regardless of troublesome winter climate circumstances. Not solely did the tasks obtain zero OSHA recordable incidents, however established security procedures additionally had been credited for life-saving measures for a development staff member who skilled a cardiac arrest on the Wood County jobsite.

“Keeping everyone who sets foot on our jobsites safe is our expectation, on every one of our projects, and achieving that outcome requires an extreme focus on safety by all including a great owner partner, executives, project management, front line supervision and tradespeople,” mentioned Matt Ralston, senior vp of the development group at Burns & McDonnell.

As a part of a dedication to assist the native employment base, an apprenticeship program was instituted by means of AZCO, the union development subsidiary of Burns & McDonnell. The program offered field-based coaching and hands-on expertise to 78 apprentices throughout this system. AZCO has sponsored apprenticeships to 12 Apprentice Operating Engineers and 13 Apprentice NCSRCC Carpenters. Of AZCO’s complete workforce for this system so far, 87% are Wisconsin residents. Additionally, a number of excursions had been held for native highschool and secondary commerce faculty college students, emphasizing the pathways for coming into the trades.

Burns & McDonnell has now mobilized on six further solar websites included in Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Blueprint. These tasks are advancing as scheduled due to an built-in EPC contract framework.

When full, the 9 solar services will span almost 5,000 acres and add 664 MWac in complete solar capability to the regional grid. Over the length of this system, greater than 600 Burns & McDonnell employee-owners and roughly 870 crafts and trades are anticipated to be deployed to the venture websites.

These gear producers and suppliers are key companions contributing to the venture:

The solar tasks additionally created a number of alternatives to present again to varied communities the place they’re situated. A 2022 charity golf match in Cottage Grove raised greater than $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wisconsin with further items and funds donated to varied native meals pantries, colleges and different community-based organizations.

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