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Renewable Energy

Sunset w/ wind turbine

Luther College has invested in several renewable energy systems over the past two decades to heat and power our campus and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. These investments include geothermal energy systems at Baker Village (1999) and the Center for the Arts (2003), a 1.6 megawatt wind turbine on the bluff west of campus (2011), and what is currently the largest solar photovoltaic system (280 kilowatt) in Iowa (2012). The pages on this site provide more detail about these projects and many others that are either underway or on the drawing boards.

  • Solar Electric

    A look at the solar power projects going on at Luther.
  • Wind Turbine

    The Luther College Wind Turbine is a Decorah landmark. It serves Alliant Energy's customers on the west side of Decorah, including Luther College.
  • Biodiesel

    Luther has been converting used fryer oil to fuel for some of our grounds equipment since 2007.
  • Biomass Boiler

    In May 2008 Luther College commissioned a feasibility study for a biomass boiler from Sebesta Blomberg, an engineering firm located in Roseville, Minnesota.
  • Renewable Energy Tour