Solar Energy Guide now available


Thinking about investing in solar energy?

Home Series Solar Energy Guide now available

If you’re interested in investing in solar energy for your home or small business, a new resource is now available to help you make an informed decision. The Iowa Energy Center has published the Home Series: Solar PV Energy Guide in collaboration with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, and MidAmerican Energy with information from the Office of Consumer Advocate and the Iowa Utilities Board.

The guide is organized into the following important sections:

  • Getting Started (Doing Your Homework)
  • Conducting a Site Assessment
  • Designing the Solar PV Array
  • Calculating the System ROI
  • Constructing the Solar PV

 In addition, a helpful glossary is included in the publication. Whether you are exploring a turnkey system, a do-it-yourself approach or a combination of both, the information is presented in a series of steps and important considerations to help you arrive at the best decision for your situation.

Throughout the publication, it’s stressed that member-owners who are interested in a solar investment should talk to their co-op at the beginning of the process. This is critical so that you can gain an understanding of rate structures, compensation for excess generation, interconnection requirements and other vital facets of consumer-owned generation.

When making a decision about a solar energy system, member-owners are reminded that you also should consider including your trusted advisors (accountants, attorneys and tax professionals) in your research to provide additional expertise in the decision-making process. The Home Series: Solar PV Energy Guide can be used in tandem with other checklists and resources. Many of these are available on the Cooperative’s Web site,

For more information, contact John Molumby at 888-788-1551.