The Port of Dubuque Solar Garden is located near the 16th Street Detention Basin on an old brownfield site. This location posed two unique opportunities for Alliant Energy. Two trails were incorporated into the project, connecting to the City’s existing trails system. There was also an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of renewable energy.
IIW assisted with the architectural and structural design of a shelter area including an interactive education center showcasing different solar options, such as tree style, single axis tracker panel, roof mounted solar array, and continuous panel. The site features decorative columns and fencing, including glass panels lining the pavilion for an unobstructed view of the array.
The site features 3,500 solar panels, generating enough to power more than 120 homes a year.
In addition to civil and survey services, IIW provided architectural and structural engineering services for this solar array project, including the development of conceptual renderings and construction documents for the chosen alternative.
“We are advancing cleaner energy, and this project is a major step forward,” said Rick Zimmerman, Project Manager at Alliant Energy. “We couldn’t have done these solar projects in Dubuque without teamwork from local contractors and support from the community.”
IIW worked with Alliant Energy, C.G. Schmitt, and H & H Electric Co. on the project.