Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) expanded its education and promotion of the solar industry with the installation of 54 solar panels on the rooftop of the cooperative’s offices in Anamosa. The new array compliments the smaller array installed in 2007.
Solar energy is rapidly gaining momentum and MVEC’s members are joining the effort as installation costs become affordable and National energy policy discussions continue. We are always looking out for our members and finding ways we can continue to provide them with quality service. If members want solar, we want to understand the process from start to finish so we can be a resource. With that focus, MVEC employees designed a 14.58 KW solar system for the headquarters rooftop and then installed the 54 panels. The system is expected to produce 18,000 kWhs annually, or 8% of the building’s energy use. The knowledge gained from the installation will allow the Cooperative to better evaluate the benefits of installing solar at various locations across its service territory.
In 2007 the cooperative installed a 2.2 KW wind turbine and a 2.2 KW solar array immediately north of their headquarters that is linked to a weather station to allow tracking of energy production. High school and middle school students throughout the cooperative’s service area have visited the display and participated in presentations about energy generation and distribution, including renewable energy.
According to the cooperative, Iowa’s future energy needs will require a mix of generating sources including renewable. No one technology can do it alone.