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What is Solar Energy? 

Solar energy is energy provided by the sun. This energy is in the form of solar radiation, which makes the production of solar electricity possible.

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Electricity can be produced directly from photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells are made from materials which exhibit the “photovoltaic effect" – when sunshine hits the PV cell, the photons of light excite the electrons in the cell and cause them to flow, generating electricity.


Why Solar Energy?

• Solar energy advances the City’s Eco Smart goal to decrease its carbon footprint. 

• Solar energy is not only sustainable, it is renewable.

• Solar energy is silent. There is absolutely no noise made from photovoltaic panels as they convert sunlight into usable electricity.

• During operation, solar electricity power plants produce zero emissions.

Check out all of the residential and commercial solar sites in Ames, click here. 

Smart Energy now offers a rebate for the installation of photovoltaic systems.

Get a Photovoltaic Rebate form by clicking here. Roof with solar panels

Steps to Renewable Generation (Process Guide)

To view the guide, click here.

To view the Solar Interconnection Agreement, click here.

Anyone interested in installing a photovoltaic system will also need to work closely with Planning & Housing and Inspections. Here are links to information you will find helpful:

Planning & Housing

Inspections:

Staff

Electrical Permit Application

Building Permit Application


NOTE:
Because the City's photovoltaic program has the potential to change, it is recommended you contact the utility to ensure you are taking into account current rebate, metering, and excess energy payment information.

For technical help, call Lyndon Cook at 515-239-5174 or email lcook@city.ames.ia.us.
For rebate information call Steve Wilson at 515-239-5177 or email swilson@city.ames.ia.us.

 
Community Solar Update.

The City of Ames has undertaken a green energy and sustainability project to ensure any Ames electric customer wanting to take advantage of solar generated energy has the ability to do so via investment in a Community Solar Project.  An aggressive schedule has been established that will result in a 1.5 MW (megawatt) solar array designed, constructed, and placed into service by the end of 2017. 

Electric Services personnel are in the process of hiring a consultant to assist in the the development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design and installation of the array.  The consultant will also help with siting the array, developing a community marketing strategy, and rolling out the project implementation plan. 

Look for updates here, or call Steve Wilson at 515-239-5177 or email swilson@city.ames.ia.us.

 

 


 

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