Winneshiek Energy District

Solar Workshops

Winneshiek Energy District is working with local partners to bring solar workshops to Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Howard Counties in February and March of 2016.

Learn solar basics, meet the contractors, see solar at host sites - if you've been thinking about solar, don't miss this opportunity!

REGISTER NOW (click), or see below for more information.

  • February 25: Clayton County; Keystone AEA Elkader
  • March 1: Chickasaw County; New Hampton Community Center
  • March 3: Allamakee County; Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank in Waukon
  • March 8: Howard County; Cresco Bank and Trust in Cresco
  • March 10: Fayette County; West Union Public Library

Who should attend?

Farmers, homeowners, business owners, and anyone else interested in installing and owning renewable solar PV.

Why should you attend?

  • Installed solar PV prices have dropped dramatically in recent years, and it is now a very cost-effective option for farms, businesses, households
  • Federal and state tax credits are available to make the economics even better, though the future of the Iowa credits beyond 2016 is uncertain
  • The NEIA solar market has matured, with a large number of solid contractors and competetive prices
  • It's a great feeling when "green meets green": as hundreds of Winneshiek County solar owners can attest, solar PV is good for the bottom line and the right thing to do for the planet as well

Workshop Agenda (common to all workshops/locations)

12:15  Expo Opens: Solar contractors will be available to answer questions and schedule site visits (light refreshments available, eat lunch before coming!)

1:00    Presentation by Energy District personnel, including

  • renewable energy in context: local opportunity, efficiency first, unique opportunity for agriculture
  • technical and financial basics of solar PV system
  • solar owner panel Q&A, hopefully including farmer, business owner, and homeowner
  • utility representation to answer interconnection and related questions

2:30   Expo continued (until no interest, or 3:30 closing)

3:00   Optional tour: visit a farm or a home with solar (pick one), hear about the process and get advice directly from the owner on their turf. Transportation not provided but maps available at the workshop. Each site host begins a brief explanation at 3:00 so choose one (you may be able to squeeze in a visit to a second site if you're motivated and depending upon locations and distances).


Registration is free, and you can choose the workshop that best fits your schedule. We need your registration to plan space and related logistics, and to notify you of changes. Space may be limited, registration is first-come first serve.