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The story of how Farmers Electric Cooperative in the little town of Kalona, Iowa installed nearly 2 MW of solar.

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Timeline

Planning

FEC began discussions to install what they planned to deem their "Phase 2" solar field.

April
2016
May
2016

FEC reached out to solar contractors around the state of Iowa seeking the ultimate installation and financing solution for their next solar field.

Farmers Electric Cooperative selected Iowa Wind and Solar as the winning contractor to install the nearly 1 MW solar field. An excellent cash flow position and Iowa Wind and Solar's strong design capabilities helped make the decision an easy one

July
2016
September2016 Week 4

Construction

Construction of the array begins --
Posts are driven!

Racking for modules is installed

October2016 Week 1
October2016 Week 2

Module (solar panel) installation

Wiring

October2016 Week 3
October2016 Week 4

Interconnection, inspections, and… this massive solar array is ONLINE!

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Why Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) is going solar:

"Under Mr. McKenna’s leadership FEC has set a goal to reduce outside energy purchases by 25% by 2025."