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Video: A Solar Leader Emerges in Rural Iowa

| Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Mar 15, 2017 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

It seems counter-intuitive that a conservative farming community in southeastern Iowa is home to some of the most expansive solar generation in the U.S. But that’s exactly what’s happening in the area served by Farmers Electric Cooperative, the rural utility whose enterprising leader, Warren McKenna, saw renewables as a gateway to economic vitality.

Last summer, ILSR spent some time experiencing firsthand the solar explosion in this Iowa community and learning how Farmers Electric made it happen. See it for yourself here:

To learn more, read the full story on McKenna’s successful campaign to make his community a solar giant.

Video by Stephen Maturen.

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