Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Solar panels play a big role in producing renewable energy at Luther.

Luther is a perfect example of how colleges and universities can help drive America's clean energy economy and win the jobs of the future. I congratulate Luther and its students on completing Iowa's largest photovoltaic solar array – powering your campus with clean, renewable energy for years to come.

—Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Luther College Solar PV Arrays

According to Nature Education, “the amount of solar energy that hits the surface of the earth in one hour is greater than the total amount of energy that the entire human population requires in a year.”

Luther utilizes this vast resource to power portions of our campus with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. In the future, we may also install solar systems to heat water for various purposes on campus.  

Luther currently hosts more solar PV than any other entity in Iowa, and it ranks third nationally among private liberal arts colleges behind Oberlin and Bowdoin.

Did You Know?

Luther is a solar leader in Iowa. Further, Luther ranks third among all private colleges in the nation when it comes to solar PV.

This new facility on your a giant step in the right direction as we work to become more energy independent and make use the many great energy resources we have here in the great state of Iowa.

—Terry Branstad, Governor of Iowa