Great article on KCRG about Washington, IA embracing Solar Power. Washington County is the #1 per capita Solar producing county in Iowa and #2 in the nation.
EPo Energy has helped Washington County to reach these numbers by installing 1.61 MWs of this Solar Power which is 39% of the total installed Solar in Washington County.
When brothers Nathan, Mark and Ryan Porter started thinking about putting up solar panels on their farm, the idea was to provide enough power to not only reduce energy costs but maybe even to get off the grid.
A little research convinced them to try a different approach.
“You don’t want to oversize it,” explains Nathan, the oldest of the brothers. “We’ve learned how to size it.”
It’s an approach that other farmers have taken once they look at the legal, financial and technical aspects of solar power...
Morning Sun Elementary School District is using the sun to power their classrooms.
The small district is made up of about 100 students, but the Superintendent said their electric bills are higher than ever.
"They were going up and up, to the point where we knew we needed to do something," said Mike Peterson, Morning Sun School District Superintendent.
The district has installed solar panels on their athletic fields to power the K-6 campus...
WAYLAND — Students in one small southern Iowa district will return to see big technology changes this fall. Workers over the summer will transform the school buildings into Iowa’s first district completely powered by the sun.
In January, the WACO district installed a large solar collector farm behind the elementary school building in Crawfordsville. By July, work should start on another solar farm next to the junior-senior high building in Wayland. When it’s all done, solar power should provide more than 90 percent of the district’s electric needs...