Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 22nd April
Sungrow has supplied 34 inverters completing a 127.5 MW solar facility in Wapello, Iowa. The Wapello Solar project, developed by Clēnera and constructed by RES, progressed with little to no delays despite beginning construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the largest solar project in Iowa, Wapello Solar entered into commercial operation on March 8, 2021.
“Wapello Solar highlights RES’ vision to create a future where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy, and we are pleased to see this project achieve commercial operation,” said Tim Jordan, Senior VP of Solar Construction at RES. “This project is a real credit to all the construction workers, suppliers and stakeholders who worked tirelessly to get to the finish line.”
Occupying nearly 800 acres of land in Louisa County, the project features 318,000 Risen Energy bifacial solar panels, which are fixed to FTC Solar’s Voyager single-axis trackers. Louisa County is already realizing the significant economic benefits, with an anticipated $5.2 million in tax revenue.
“We look forward to supplying Clēnera projects through dynamic industry leaders like RES and are energized by their enthusiasm in selecting Sungrow as a long-term technology partner,” added Karsten Mall, Sungrow’s recently appointed General Manager of the Company’s North American division.
The project will power 21,000 homes. Central Iowa Power Cooperative is purchasing the demand and energy from the plant through an exclusive 25-year power purchase agreement.