Farmers Electric CooperativeKalona, IA
A National Leader
Farmers Electric Cooperative (FEC) distributes more locally produced solar energy per customer than any other utility in the country – 2.5 kW per member. The co-op’s leaders credit this distinction to the strong spirit of independence that began in 1916, when the co-op brought electricity to farmers years before the rest of rural Iowa and much of the nation. Farmers Electric is the second-oldest electric co-op in the United States; it provides power to 650 members near Frytown, IA.
Farmers Electric Cooperative’s solar leadership has been nationally recognized. The Smart Electric Power Alliance named Warren McKenna the 2014 Utility CEO of the Year and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recognized FEC as among the top 10 utilities for utility green power programs.
FEC seeks to use all forms of solar. They have solar gardens and utility solar, and programs to support member-sited solar.
Watch Video: The Solar Vision of Farmers Electric Cooperative, Kalona, Iowa