Use of solar energy on the farm topic of upcoming field day

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Contact: Nick Summers, policy assistant, nicks@cfra,org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1016; Teresa Hoffman, senior communications associate, teresah@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1012

POLK COUNTY, IOWA – Rural landowners and residents can learn more about the opportunities and benefits of renewable energy on their properties during a free event set in June. 

The Rural Energy Field Day, co-hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, will be held June 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Griffieon Family Farm, 11655 NE 6th St., in rural Polk County. 

Nick Summers, policy assistant for the Center, said much of the event's focus will be on solar energy, which will include a tour of the Griffieon Family Farm and its solar array.

“The idea behind this event is to show a broad picture of renewable energy in Iowa, demonstrate multiple contexts in which solar energy is powering different agricultural operations, and connect the attendees with the specifics of going solar themselves,” Summers said. 

Following the tour, there will be presentations from Cory Novak of CB Solar on the installation process and what interested landowners need to consider, Steve Guyer of the Iowa Environmental Council on the state of renewable energy in Iowa and its importance to rural communities, and Joel Fassbinder, a solar beekeeper who runs Highlandville Honey Farm. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions. 

“Clean energy is one of the best ways to take climate action for our future generations,” said Deaconess Irene DeMaris, executive director for Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. “We hope that participants will be inspired by the Griffieon family and start integrating solar arrays on their family farms.”
 
Lunch will follow the tour and presentations. RSVPs for the event are appreciated. Sign up at cfra.org/events.

For more information on the event, email Summers at nicks@cfra,org, or call 402.687.2100 ext. 1016. 

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