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Power up: Ecopolis event to tackle the future of solar power in Iowa City

Posted by Adam Burke | Jan 21, 2015 | Community/News
Photo courtesy of NASA

Lighting the way to a renewable future in Iowa City, Ecopolis will host a community forum on solar power tonight at the Iowa City Public Library, featuring various films, displays and presentations. The event begins at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A.

Ecopolis is a group of community environmental activists working to create a regenerative cityscape of the arts, food, health and commerce.

Headlining tonight’s forum will be solar power expert Warren McKenna, manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) — the largest solar power farm in Iowa. McKenna runs the Kalona co-op and in 2014 was named the Utility CEO of the year by the Solar Electric Power Association, an educational non-profit organization that helps utilities bring solar power into their energy power bases.

Established in 1916, FEC is among world leaders in providing solar power for utilities, bringing 1,800 watts of solar electric power per customer. The company provides electric service to about 650 members in eastern Iowa. In July 2014, FEC opened the biggest solar farm in the state.

Also presenting at tonight’s forum, officials from North Liberty-based Moxie Solar will discuss their compa,y’s solar-smithing prowess. Moxie is the only all-encompassing solar company in Iowa and has worked with residential and businesses to set up the physical solar array structures and systems, in addition to helping coordinate tax credits, rebates, grants and other incentives for clients.

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