Iowa board approves small solar project for Harlan Municipal Utilities

The Iowa Utilities Board on May 6 approved a July 2015 application from Harlan Municipal Utilities for certification of a 1.44-MW solar project as an eligible renewable facility under state code.

On March 25, 2016, Harlan filed an amendment to its application. In the application, Harlan states the solar energy conversion facility will be owned by a municipally-owned utility and that Harlan is the sole owner of the facility. This 1.44-MW facility will be located in the City of Harlan, Iowa.

Harlan said that it intends to use the renewable energy produced by the facility as a portion of the total power delivered into Harlan’s distribution system and sold to end users. The facility will be placed into service by Dec. 31, 2016.

Harlan will deliver the renewable energy produced by the facility into the Harlan electric distribution system for sale to end users, thus displacing power that would otherwise be purchased or produced. The facility must be operational within 30 months following this preliminary eligibility approval and prior to the statutory deadline, in order to maintain preliminary eligibility for renewable energy tax credits.

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