Translate this website:

Renewable Energy

Peak Alert

Usage: Normal

View Map View Status
Green Normal Conditions

Your cooperative is currently experiencing normal energy demand. No special energy saving measures are necessary.

  • Normal
  • Approaching Peak
  • Peak Alert

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. 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. 

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.

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.



Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative is your partner in providing you with safe, reliable electric service. We have requirements in place...

Your Cooperative's Solar Stats

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

New Installation Forms

These are the forms you will need to review and fill out/sign when investing in your own solar energy system...

Electric Vehicles & Charging Station

Electric vehicles (EV) are a growing market with every major auto manufacturer in the world making significant investments.