Follow Farmers is the story of how Farmers Electric Cooperative in the small Iowa town of Kalona installed nearly 2 MW of solar. The entire construction of this historic solar array is currently streaming live at followfarmers.solar. Farmers Electric Cooperative partnered with Iowa Wind and Solar to engineer, finance, and construct their newest solar project, a 950.4 kW array consisting of 2,880 solar panels. This brings FEC’s total solar array size to nearly 2 MW. To understand the size of this array, you could think of it as enough to power more than 200 homes. This installation makes Farmers Electric Cooperative the leading solar utility in the State of Iowa.
According to project lead and Iowa Wind and Solar President Tyler Anderson, “This is the first instance we are aware of in which the entire construction and installation of a solar array of this magnitude has been available for the public to watch live. We’re encouraging folks to check out the live stream online at followfarmers.solar.” Iowa Wind And Solar is partnering with Mevo and Livestream to make this live stream possible. Construction is ongoing, October 3rd – October 17th, 2016 at 1912 520th St SW, Kalona, IA 52247. A post-install press conference will be announced after the completion of array.
Iowa Wind and Solar is Iowa’s leading solar company, with offices based in Fairfield, Iowa and Bloomfield, Iowa. Iowa Wind and Solar’s mission is to work with electric cooperatives to help implement solar solutions, such as community solar, with a focus on aligning values between the electric cooperative utility and its members.