Another 800 acres of Iowa land now covered in solar panels. Good move? | NEWSRADIO 1040 WHO

Last month the Wapello Solar System in Louisa County began to deliver electricity. It has 318,000 two-sided panels and covers 800 acres of Iowa land.

It’s clear that nothing is going to grow under them, and then there’s the whole heavy snow thing. Light snow is not a problem, but when the big stuff flies the panels stop generating.

The Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) will purchase power from the site. It’s CEO Bill Cherrier who said, “We are really into renewable energy and we believe it is important to go there. We believe it is good for the environment, but we do it on a cost-effective basis. “

Another new solar system in Linn County is about to be built.

“We see that wind and solar are some of the largest capacity expansions for utility companies in the United States right now. So CIPCO is not doing this alone. We are seeing many other utility companies in Iowa heading in the same direction.” Said Cherrier.

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