For Immediate Release August 26, 2014
Heartland Power Cooperative Selects Dragonfly Solar as Contractor For Community Solar Project
Heartland Power Cooperative has signed an agreement with Dragonfly Solar for the development of the Heartland Power Community Solar Project. Dragonfly Solar will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the 852 kW community solar array that will be located along Highway 218 just east of St. Ansgar, Iowa.
The project, expected to be complete by the end of the year, provides Heartland Power members the opportunity to easily participate in renewable energy without the individual research, construction, and maintenance required of a stand-alone solar system. The array will produce nearly 1.2 million kilowatt hours annually, enough energy to power approximately 125 homes each year.
Dragonfly Solar, based in Lakeville, Minnesota has developedseveral solar projects throughout the Midwest, most recently nearing completion of a 517kW project near Oronoco, Minnesota. Dragonfly Solar was also recently featured in a video series by Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy, for their development and installation of the solar PV facility located at Luther College in Decorah.
“We are looking forward to working with Dragonfly Solar,” notes Jon Leerar, CEO/General Manager at Heartland Power, “and increasingly excited to bring this opportunity to our members as there has been significant interest throughout the process of this project.”
“We feel very fortunate to have been chosen by Heartland for this project” said Steve Peters, president of Dragonfly Solar. “They utilized a very disciplined process demonstrative of the kind of creative leadership our industries need to deliver complex solutions to complex issues”.
Heartland Power Cooperative is a rural electric utility with offices in Thompson and St. Ansgar, Iowa serving 9 counties in northern Iowa and 3 counties in southern Minnesota. Heartland Power serves approximately 5,200 members and roughly 1,920 miles of line.