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Solar energy is a clean energy source that businesses and residents in Cedar Rapids continue to explore and install. Learn here how this renewable energy is working for the City and may work for you:

Iowa's first Solar Group Buy - now returning in 2019!  

The City partnered in the state’s first Solar Group Buy from June-September 2017. 105 homes took advantage of the bulk purchase program, installing 605kW of solar in total.

The program returns in Summer 2019!  Visit www.GrowSolar.org/LinnCounty to learn how the basics of the program work and to see when the next Solar Power Hour is scheduled that you can make.  Over 20 Solar Power Hours will be held across Linn County from June - September for you to learn about solar and the group buy program and to ask questions to the program presenter, solar installer, and utility rep.

SolSmart recognition - Gold-rated

The City of Cedar Rapids became the first community in Iowa to receive a gold-rating for making solar easy.  SolSmart is a national organization that assists and recognizes communities for taking steps to making permitting, inspecting, zoning, and educational processes easy for interested residents.  The Cedar Rapids Solar Ready Resolution was signed by City Council in 2017 to begin the process.  More about SolSmart and other designated communities can be found on SolSmart's website.

Permitting and inspection:

The City streamlined the Solar Permit Application process.  Head to Building Service's Solar Permits page for a Solar Submittal Requirements Checklist and a Solar Permit Application for roof or ground mounted arrays.

City solar projects:

The City uses solar power at four of its facilities, totaling over 200kW and saving over $10,000 every year. These are financed using a Power Purchase Agreement, which requires no up front capital cost. The panels are paid for over time by paying for the solar energy that they produce.

The four sites and size of installations are:

 Location  Size (DC) Est. production  Current energy production
 NW Transit Garage  90.72kW  117,000kWh/Yr  NW Transit dashboard  
 Chandler St Booster Station  103.04kW  118,442kWh/Yr  Chandler dashboard
 Glass Rd Booster Station  32.0kW  38,520kWh/Yr Glass Rd dashboard
 Oklahoma Ave Booster Station  35.28kW  40,327kWh/Yr Oklahoma dashboard
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