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Renewable Energy

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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.

Wind turbines

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative developed a wind farm that began generating energy in March 2009. 

ILEC's solar system

In 2016, your Cooperative's board of directors approved constructing a 140-kW/AC, ground-mount solar system to 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.

Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has reached the cap for Distributed Generation Net Metering Interconnections. Therefore, we have placed an indefinite moratorium on any new Distributed Generation Interconnections that allow a Net Billing option.

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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Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has an 140-kW/AC, ground-mount solar system beside our headquarters.