Great to hear. Makes me wonder how much energy Iowa could produce compared to what we consume.
The array is capable of generating up to 1,800 watts of solar power per customer, giving the cooperative the highest per-capita solar generation rate of any utility in the nation, said Warren McKenna, general manager and CEO of Farmers Electric Cooperative.
Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Naig said the state already leads the nation when it comes to wind energy, with 27.4 percent of Iowa’s total energy production coming from that renewable source, along with ethanol and biodiesel, which contributed $5.5 billion to Iowa’s gross domestic product last year.
Keys said with the U.S. sending about $1 billion each day overseas to purchase energy, “homegrown” renewable sources such as solar power represent an important step in reducing that foreign dependency.