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Just south of U.S. Highway 30 where it passes by State Center, two solar arrays with a total of 2,800 solar panels are set to come online today.
“Basically, it will go online and reduce the amount of power that we have to buy as a community,” said State Center Mayor Harlan Quick of the arrays set up on city property. “That, in the long run, will reduce our expenses, and of course it diversifies our sources of energy.”
In the wake of the United States International Trade Commission’s recent recommendations aimed at leveling the playing field for domestic solar companies via tariffs or quotas on imported solar panels, an Iowa-based solar firm sought to educate consumers and industry professionals about possible outcomes if a policy were to go into effect.
More than 30 people attended the event, held at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Boulevard, SW to take part in group discussions and listen to presentations by Larry Weber, director of the University of Iowa’s IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering department and Iowa Wind and Solar Vice President David Birchmier.
While it remains unclear how an Iowa utility will change the way solar customers are compensated, installers in the state aren’t taking chances.
Alliant Energy is expected to introduce a new tariff for customer generation today as part of an ongoing process initiated by state regulators.
The Fairfield City Council heard a proposal Monday that promised to save the city energy by installing solar panels on some of its buildings.
OTTUMWA — Even with a big set of solar panels, you still need Alliant to power your building. This week, the state may decide Alliant deserves more money when offering that help — so much, worry solar business owners, that going solar no longer makes financial sense.
“Follow Farmers” is the story of how Farmers Electric Cooperative in the small southeast Iowa town of Kalona installed nearly 2 MW of solar. The entire construction of this historic solar array is currently streaming live at followfarmers.solar.
The project was able to generate more than a million kilowatt hours each year when it debuted two years ago. Now, the 2,900 solar panels at Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) will become more numerous with the installation of another 2,880 solar panels, taking the solar array size to nearly two megawatts.
Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) has become a nationally-recognized solar energy leader. FEC, one of the smallest utilities in the nation, is the subject of a case study by Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) published in October.
A 9-acre solar farm in Kalona will generate enough energy to power some 200 homes in the town, which is also a major provider of eggs in nearby grocery stores.
Just over 1 million eggs are processed every day at Farmers Hen House in Kalona, then shipped to grocery stores across Iowa.