Luther College installed a 20 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) array near the Shirley Baker Commons in the summer of 2013.
The purpose of this smaller array is to demonstrate to students and other members of the community how solar photovoltaic energy and geothermal energy are being used to provide all of the energy needed to heat, cool, and power Baker Village—the largest facility in Iowa powered by the sun.
In conjunction with the 280 kW system installed north of Pole Line Road, these two arrays were designed to generate all of the power Baker Village consumes over the course of a typical year.
The panels are arranged in two rows just south of the Lillehammer building in the Anderson Prairie. When the array produces more power than the complex consumes, the surplus electricity powers neighboring homes. Luther receives full retail credit for this surplus power through Iowa’s net metering rule.