Electric cooperatives and their member-owners across the country are expanding their fuel portfolios to include an array of renewable sources including wind and solar.
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative developed a wind farm that began generating energy in March 2009. It includes 14 - 1.5 megawatt G.E. turbines serving Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) near superior, Iowa and seven turbines serving Global Ethanol near Lakota, Iowa. Your Cooperative is the first distribution electric cooperative in the United States to develop a wind farm of this size and magnitude. It is the first application of its kind in the nation to use wind energy to serve another renewable energy source, existing ethanol plants.
In 2016, your Cooperative's board of directors approved constructing a 140-kW/AC, ground-mount solar system in position the cooperative as a source of information about this developing form of renewable energy to both our employees and our member-owners. The demonstration project will allow us to document the actual operating, maintenance, and production characteristics to provide accurate analysis data for potential future projects.
The solar arrays are located beside ILEC's headquarters and the panels began generating electricity on Oct. 3, 2016.
Are you considering the installation of solar or wind?
If so, your Cooperative has information and resources to help you make informed decisions as you pursue making an investment in your own solar energy system or wind generator.
For questions relating to renewable energy, please contact Al Zeitz at 800-225-4532.
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has a variety of resources available to our member-owners who are interested in solar electricity....
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New Installation Forms
These are the forms you will need to review and fill out/sign when investing in your own solar energy system...
Federal Tax Credit
Your Cooperative's Solar Stats
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has an 140-kW/AC, ground-mount solar system beside our headquarters.