Plans are in place for massive solar project

ST. ANSGAR, Iowa - A north Iowa town will be the future home to one of the largest solar projects in the state.

The Heartland Power Cooperative in St. Ansgar is working on bringing more than 1,000 solar panels into the area.

Jon Leerar, the CEO and general manager of the company tells us that panels will span across 4 ½ acres of land and bring solar energy to more than 5 thousand of their customers.

It’s an idea that has been talked about for a while now, and Leerar tells us it’s something the co-op members have been asking about getting involved in.

Because the technology for solar energy has been around for a couple of years, Leear says it is a perfect time to invest.

“Solar itself has become lower in price, and it has come down in terms of generating and distributing to our members .It’s really become a renewable energy that is a lot more cost-effective.”

They’re hoping to have construction of the solar panels complete by late fall and that things will be up and running sometime in 2015.

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