ST. ANSGAR | Heartland Power Cooperative has signed an agreement with Dragonfly Solar for the development of the Heartland Power Community Solar Project at St. Ansgar.

Dragonfly Solar will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the 852 kilo-watt hour community solar array that will be located along Highway 218 just east of St. Ansgar.

The installation will feature more than 2,700 of SolarWorld's solar panels manufactured at the company's U.S. headquarters in Oregon.

The project, expected to be complete by the end of the year, provides Heartland Power members the opportunity to easily participate in renewable energy without the individual research, construction, and maintenance required of a stand-alone solar system. The array will produce nearly 1.2 million kwh hours annually, enough energy to power approximately 125 homes each year.

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Dragonfly Solar, based in Lakeville, Minn., has developed several solar projects throughout the Midwest, most recently nearing completion of a 517kW project near Oronoco, Minn., located north of Rochester, Minn.

"We feel very fortunate to have been chosen by Heartland for this project" said Steve Peters, president of Dragonfly Solar. "They utilized a very disciplined process demonstrative of the kind of creative leadership our industries need to deliver complex solutions to complex issues".

Heartland Power Cooperative is a rural electric utility with offices in Thompson and St. Ansgar, serving nine counties in northern Iowa and three counties in southern Minnesota. Heartland Power serves approximately 5,200 members and roughly 1,920 miles of line.

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