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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 29, 2013) – A solar array has been installed on the roof of MidAmerican Energy Company’s Sioux City office building, located at 401 Douglas St.
The 37.6-kilowatt installation includes 160 photovoltaic solar panels that help generate electricity for the building. Each solar panel can produce up to 235 watts. Planning for the solar project began in April 2012, and construction began in August 2012.
The solar project replaced an air-to-air rooftop solar system that heated water for the facility and provided heat for the building. In order to replace the previous system, workers removed the old panels, replaced a portion of the roof, and installed rails on which the new solar array is mounted. Web-based software also was installed to monitor performance of the system.
During its first full month of operation, the solar installation avoided approximately 3.03 tons of carbon output, which is equivalent to planting 78 trees.
This is not MidAmerican Energy’s first solar installation. In 2011, a 12-panel, 3.78-kilowatt solar array was installed at MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa State Fair visitors center to help power the building’s electrical system and show fairgoers how renewable energy works. MidAmerican Energy also is working with Iowa State Fair officials on the possible installation of a 60-kilowatt solar project at the Iowa State fairgrounds.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.
View the solar project.