More than 1,200 Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) customers have invested in a new 1.5MW dc community solar project near Prairie Lakes Park in Cedar Falls, Iowa, now completed by SunLink Corporation and RER Energy Group. The project utilized SunLink's GeoPro mounting system and was installed by the company's PowerCare installation crews. RER Energy Group (RER) and Sunvestment Energy Group (SEG) provided project development, project management and financing for this unique community solar array.
"Community solar projects have been identified as the next largest solar growth market in the U.S., and SunLink is at the forefront of helping to accelerate this movement with flexible mounting solutions and installation services that extend our partners' ability to take on a larger volume of small commercial and community solar projects like this one in Iowa," said SunLink CEO Michael Maulick. "RER and SEG made the development of this community solar project simple, from project design to installation and financing, and we commend their ability to advance this project on such a rapid timeline."
"We are proud to help provide a community asset to the people of Cedar Falls that will not only provide savings benefits for the next few decades but also create a cleaner environment for the entire community," said Jim Kurtz, president of RER Energy Group.
According to Mike Barnes, project manager for RER, "The partnership with SunLink was a main driver in this project's overall success. Their installation service was excellent."
"Installing solar in harsh environmental conditions, such as wintertime in Iowa, requires collaborative and adaptive on-site management to uphold the quality and safety standards the PowerCare team is known for. For the CFU install, accurate on-site troubleshooting and rapid engineering responses were critical to mitigate post refusals in frozen soil, for example, illustrating the effectiveness of our team to get the job done right and on time," added SunLink Senior Manager of Field Services Keith Beisner.