Clenera LLC has announced the commissioning of its 127.5 MW DC Wapello Solar photovoltaic project in Louisa County, Iowa. The project is located near Wapello and was developed by Clenera in collaboration with Renewable Energy Systems. The park was developed in six months and created approximately 250 jobs during peak construction.
The Wapello project is now the largest solar project in Iowa state. The park is located across 800 acres of land and is equipped with 318,000 bifacial solar panels supplied by Risen Energy with fixed single-axis trackers by FTC Solar, optimized for bifacial performance. Additionally, the park also uses 34 solar inverters supplied by SunGrow.
The Central Iowa Power Co-operative (CIPCO) will purchase energy from Wapello Solar through an exclusive 25-year power purchase agreement. CIPCO is a generation and transmission electric cooperative owned by member cooperatives and the communities they serve. With a balanced, 24/7 energy portfolio, CIPCO is committed to providing cost-effective, safe, and reliable energy. CIPCO and its 13 members serve over 300,000 residents across 58 counties in Iowa.
Clenera is a privately-held renewable energy company headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Clenera acquires, develops, builds, and manages utility-scale solar farms and energy storage facilities throughout the United States. Clenera provides reliable, affordable energy systems by combining breakthrough technology with a deeply integrated team approach. Clenera’s current operating portfolio exceeds 1.4 GW, with more than 13 GW of solar and storage assets in various stages of development.