Solar energy is booming in conservative rural Iowa

  • Published on August 25th, 2017

It seems counter-intuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar energy generation in the US. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality.

By John Farrell 

Last summer, ILSR spent some time experiencing firsthand the solar energy explosion in this Iowa community and learning how Farmers Electric made it happen. See it for yourself here:

To learn more, read the full story on McKenna’s successful campaign to make his community a solar energy giant.

Video by Stephen Maturen.

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