The Iowa Renewable Energy Association has opened a new solar training center at the Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E. Boyson Rd. in Hiawatha.
This new solar training program will be the only solar thermal and solar photovoltaic installation training roof in Iowa and is expected to be very popular. It will feature two types of metal roofing and traditional shingles to real practical hands-on training.
Solar energy is not new to Prairiewoods. It has already had a 17.5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic array and a solar hot water system insatlled at the center.
Financial support for the solar training center was provided by the State of Iowa, Iowa Power Fund Board, and the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
Support for solar energy training programs has been provided by grants from the Iowa Office of Energy Independence, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and Alliant Energy.