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The machines will be used to make molybdenum-99, or Mo-99. The isotope decays into technetium-99m, which is used to detect cancer, heart disease and other conditions and is used in about 40,000 procedures in the U.S. every day.
Chicago-based developer Invenergy last week filed an application with the Public Service Commission for permission to build the 2,400-acre project just north of Interstate 90 in the towns of Christiana and Deerfield.
The Public Service Commission agreed unanimously Thursday to authorize Alliant to purchase six solar farms with a combined capacity of 675 megawatts, enough to power about 175,000 homes.