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MidAmerican Energy prepares to flip the switch on Waterloo solar array


MidAmerican Energy is taking the final steps to turning on its first utility-scale solar energy project, located in Waterloo. According to a news release, MidAmerican will power up the 3-megawatt solar project in November. The project, composed of nearly 10,000 solar panels, will have the capacity to serve nearly 650 homes. The Waterloo array is one of seven the company plans to complete over the next year. The others are near Iowa City, Sioux City, in Franklin County, in Adair County and two in Webster County. They range in capacity from 3 megawatts to 80 megawatts. “As we place more solar projects online over the next few months and years, they will boost the amount of clean, renewable energy we can provide to our customers,” Mike Fehr, MidAmerican’s senior vice president of renewable generation and compliance, said in a release. He said the addition of solar energy is part of the company’s continued efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. According to the release, 83.6% of energy delivered to the company’s Iowa customers in 2020 was from renewable sources, most of that from wind energy.

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