Clenera completes Iowa's largest solar power plant

The Wapello solar plant in Iowa. Source: Clenera LLC

March 12 (Renewables Now) - Idaho-based renewables developer Clenera LLC on Thursday announced that the 127.5-MW DC Wapello solar plant, built in its home state, is now feeding electricity into the grid.

Clenera developed the project and now provides ongoing asset management services for it. The construction work was done in six months, with little to no delays, by UK firm Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES).

The photovoltaic (PV) park is located on nearly 800 acres (324 ha) near Wapello and, according to Clenera CEO Jason Ellsworth, is now the state’s largest solar plant. Its 318,000 bifacial solar panels supplied by Risen Energy are deployed on single-axis trackers delivered by FTC Solar. The installation also includes 34 SunGrow inverters.

The output of the facility is being sold to Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) under a 25-year contract.

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