Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Rain
Temperature
42°F
Dew Point
41°F
Humidity
97%
Wind
SE at 7 mph
Barometer
29.96 in. F
Visibility
5.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:59 a.m.
Sunset
07:51 p.m.
Evening Forecast (7:00pm-Midnight)
Temperatures will range from 53 to 36 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 14 miles per hour from the east. Expect rain amounts between a quarter and half of an inch.
7-Day Forecast
Friday
53°F / 35°F
Light Rain
Saturday
47°F / 30°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
58°F / 31°F
Sunny
Monday
56°F / 31°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
60°F / 34°F
Cloudy
Wednesday
65°F / 42°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
68°F / 47°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 53 to a low of 35 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 13 and 16 miles per hour from the eastnortheast. 0.52 inches of rain are expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 35 to 37 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 14 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 47 to a low of 30 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 15 and 19 miles per hour from the eastnortheast. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.

Iowa's largest solar farm to open

Aug. 6, 2014 | 0 comments

KALONA, IA (AP)

Local, state and federal leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of Iowa's largest solar farm Thursday in a ceremony near Kalona.

The farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 120 homes, the Des Moines Register reported.It adds about 2,900 solar panels to the region's growing base of sun-powered energy.

Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque built and owns the farm, but Farmers Electric Cooperative will buy the power and take possession after a decade. Farmers Electric Cooperative has about 650 members and started looking at solar energy in 2008 because of rising energy costs.

The cooperative's CEO Warren McKenna said the group wanted to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2025.

"We don't have wind in southeast Iowa," he said. "Solar was our only option."

Heartland Power Cooperative, which has 5,200 members, said earlier this month that it's looking at options for a $1.5 million array that would be home to 1,200 solar panels near St. Ansgar.

"We hope to see more utilities figure out ways to make solar work," said Josh Mandelbaum, an attorney at Environmental Law & Policy Center in Des Moines. The organization has pushed for more solar adoption in the state.

"I don't think that this will be the biggest project for long," he said. "Utilities are well positioned to build large projects and advance solar in the state."

Barry Shear, president of Eagle Point Solar, said he believes solar development should take off in Iowa.

"It's right around the corner," he said.

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