WIPCO solar array on Donna Reed Road

The new WIPCO solar array, located about five miles south of Denison on Donna Reed Road, will produce 666 kilowatts when completed. Photo by Dan Mundt

A new solar array being constructed by Western Iowa Power Cooperative (WIPCO) is taking shape on the northeast corner of the intersection of Donna Reed Road and S Avenue south of Denison.

Construction began in mid-October.

WIPCO is a member-owned rural electric cooperative that provides service to approximately 3,500 members in nine west central Iowa counties.

Once complete, the new array will have 1,800 individual solar panels that will produce 666 kilowatts, according to Stephanie Wiese, WIPCO director of member services & economic development.

All power generated at the site will go onto WIPCO’s lines to be used by WIPCO members.

With the addition of the new array, WIPCO will own 14 solar arrays comprising 8,426 solar panels.

Solar arrays owned and operated by the company produce 3.38 megawatts.

WIPCO now has enough solar panels installed in its service territory to power 240 homes per year, Wiese said.

The company also installs solar panels for individuals and other cooperatives.

WIPCO has installed solar panels that produce a total of 5.59 megawatts across the state of Iowa, Wiese said.

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