Simple Solar is a community solar project, or a large collection of solar panels built and maintained by CFU. The project offers a flexible and affordable way to invest in clean energy.
When the array opened in 2016, more than 1,200 residents and businesses purchased solar units. Customers who purchased units receive a utility bill credit based upon the output from the panels, starting in May 2016 and continuing for 20 years.
Total capacity of the array is 1.5 MW. It is currently the largest community solar project in Iowa.
The project is located near Prairie Lakes Park in Cedar Falls on eight acres donated by the city of Cedar Falls. Energy generation started at the site on April 1, 2016.
View real time solar energy output on our Simple Solar dashboard here.
Interested in solar units? As customers who own units move out of CFU's service territory, CFU buys back units and they become available again for purchase. Call 319-266-1761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a waitlist. Customers on the waitlist will be enrolled yearly in November if units are available.
|Quick Facts About Prairie Lakes Solar |
|1,250 ||Families, businesses and organizations purchased solar energy from the project |
|1,500 killowatts ||Generating capacity of Prairie Lakes Solar (AC) |
|8 acres ||Size of the site |
|6,516 ||Solar panels installed |
|8,682 ||Units of energy offered to the public. The project is 100% subscribed. |
|$270 ||Upfront cost per unit paid by subscribers in 2016. |
|20 years ||Lifetime of the project. Bill credits will be paid every month for 20 years to customers who purchased energy from the project in 2016. The credits are based on the amount of energy generated each month and the market price of electricity. |
See the current and cumulative output from the Prairie Lakes Solar garden on our live dashboard
Get a bird's eye view of the Prairie Lakes Solar garden from this one minute aerial video.
See the Simple Solar project take shape