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Simple Solar

Investing in solar energy is a step toward sustainable living. Recently CFU built a community-owned solar garden to give citizens an affordable and flexible way to use solar energy.

More than 1,200 residents and businesses purchased units in the Simple Solar project. Customers who purchased units will 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? Call 319-266-1761 or email energyservices@cfu.net 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.

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Simple Solar Dashboard

See the current and cumulative output from the Prairie Lakes Solar garden on our live dashboard  

Overhead view
Get a bird's eye view of the Prairie Lakes Solar garden from this one minute aerial video.

Progress Photos
See the Simple Solar project take shape