Floyd County in Iowa To Install Wind and Solar in Co-operation With Local Electricity Co-operative
Sun, wind to help power Floyd Co. prairie center
| Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:00 am
CHARLES CITY — Floyd County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to install a wind turbine and solar energy components at the Fossil & Prairie Center near Rockford.
The pilot project will be in cooperation with the Butler County Rural Electric Cooperative.
The Iowa Utilities Board last week approved Floyd and Johnson counties as the first Small Wind Innovation Zones in the state.
The designation paves the way for tax credits and other incentives.
“We just think there’s a lot of opportunity for education here,” Supervisor Mark Kuhn said.
The project will provide “an opportunity for county residents to see one of these wind turbines in action,” Kuhn said.
The estimated cost of the project is $150,000. The county will apply for a $25,000 grant from the Iowa Energy Center for the project. The award date for this grant is July 31.
The project also is eligible for 0 percent financing through the Iowa Energy Center’s Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program for up to half the cost. The other half could be financed through a bank at prevailing interest rates.
Doug Schroeder, director of Floyd County Conservation, predicts the turbine could save up to $400 a month in energy costs.
Dennis White, owner of D.A. White Residential Designs in Charles City, showed drawings of the proposed equipment. He has designed solar projects around the Midwest with the same components proposed for the Fossil & Prairie Center and described the system as a “tribrid.”
Three alternative energy components will be utilized: solar thermal panels and solar modules on the center’s roof and a turbine near the entrance.
According to White, a hot water panel in the roof will mean a boiler will no longer be needed to heat the building, reducing energy usage by 12,000 kilowatts during the winter.
In summer, the solar and wind energy will reduce the demands of air-conditioning the center places on the electrical grid, White said.
Supervisor Doug Kamm said he was “a little nervous” about the project’s cost, but he seconded Kuhn’s motion to accept the proposal. The measure passed on a 2-0 vote. Supervisor Warren Dunkel was absent.
Source: WCF Courrier (http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/sun-wind-to-help-power-floyd-co-prairie-center/article_9719444b-1304-59a6-a582-cee4ed0b3a62.html#ixzz1pxFzShZr)