The hours slipped by as they talked and talked. Stu Ertship had been searching for someone to share his passion for protecting the Earth. And Wanda Savemorre wanted to share her penny-wise skills in a worthwhile project.
Over the weeks, Wanda and Stu become inseparable as they forged a partnership and created the concept they call Community Solar. “With Community Solar, individuals and organizations can become part of the clean energy wave that’s taking over the country even if their home or building isn’t well suited for rooftop solar,” Stu beamed. “And in doing so they’re pinching every energy dollar they spend,” Wanda added.
Stu and Wanda worked with Alliant Energy to craft answers to a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)* about Community Solar, but basically:
- A relatively small 1-3 MW (megawatt), 10 – 30 acre solar farm is built using an existing substation and transmission lines.
- Alliant Energy customers (individuals and businesses) can buy solar blocks in 250 watt increments to cover up to 100% of their electrical bill.
- Subscribers do not “own” a part of the facility so there is no upkeep or maintenance obligation. Subscribers agree to buy the reduced-cost electricity from the solar blocks they have purchased. (Solar blocks can be transferred or sold back if one’s circumstances change.)
- Community Solar projects are ideal for agrivoltaics i.e. using the same property for farming AND energy generation.
Alliant Energy has identified some prime locations for a Community Solar facility in Iowa County. Their planning committee wants to know that folks here support the benefits a Community Solar project would offer. “Stay tuned for details on how you can help move this opportunity forward!” Wanda advises. “Together, we can build a brighter future right here where we’re all forever… Earthbound.”
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