WASHINGTON COUNTY, Iowa -- The state's largest solar farm opened this week in eastern Iowa. It will generate enough energy to power over 100 homes and businesses.
The solar energy farm is located near Kalona, in Washington County. Three-thousand solar panels will generate electricity for about 650 members of the Farmer's Electric Cooperative.
KWWL reports Farmers Hen House is one of those customers. The company ships organic eggs across the country.
The owner says solar energy is the perfect fit for his farm, which is about three times larger than others in the state.
"Eventually the utilities are going to catch on and make this a part of their energy matrix and you're going to see solar fields that are just gonna dwarf this,” says Barry Shear, President of Eagle Point Solar.
The project cost about $2 million. Farmer's Electric hopes to double the size of the solar farm over the next decade.