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Ideal Energy nominated for national solar award

Sep 26, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED Ideal Energy of Fairfield has earned national recognition for the School House Apartments project in Fort Madison.

Fairfield’s hometown solar firm, Ideal Energy, has earned national recognition for a large 300 kW solar project in Fort Madison.

School House Apartments, completed in the spring, received the nomination for Solar Builder’s 2016 project of the year award. The innovative apartment complex was developed by Fort Madison’s Todd Schneider, who purchased the decommissioned Fort Madison Middle School in 2013, transforming the building into a 37-unit mixed-income rental powered with solar energy. Ideal Energy assisted in earning the project granting funds with the design of a 300 kW solar installation that features two carports and a rooftop component. The combination of solar features and successful repurposing of derelict property has been earning School House Apartments nationwide attention.

The winners of the Solar Builder 2016 project will be decided by popular vote online, with voting registration closing Friday. The awardees from the three categories will be featured in the November/December issue of Solar Builder Magazine.

School House Apartments can be found under the category “Rooftop Project nominations” as Property Reuse: School House to Apartments. A second Iowa-based solar project also is among the nominees, Cedar Falls Community Solar Project. View the nominations and cast a vote online at: http://solarbuildermag.com/news/vote-for-solar-builders-2016-projects-of-the-year/.


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