North Liberty solar panels benefiting local company

Moxie Solar says once these solar panels are installed, they're expected to last the next 25 years (Photo credit: Mellaney Moore CBS2/FOX28)

The city of North Liberty is looking to the sun to help with future energy needs.

In doing so, the city is also benefitting a local company.

”We're sitting on somewhere around 1,200 modules,” says Moxie Solar Director of Marketing Joe Provorse.

Moxie has worked out of North Liberty installing solar panels for a few years.

“I think a lot of people are expecting us to be out of, you know, Dubuque or Quad Cities or Des Moines. They are surprised to find that their solar installer could be you know, right in their back yard,” he says.

So far the company has done a lot of work with farmers, but now business is shifting to include more cities and homes as energy costs rise elsewhere.

“The city of North Liberty right now is working on a project to install solar panels at three of our city buildings: the Fire Department, our Parks Department building and our Street Department building, which is right here behind us,” says North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen.

She says officials hope the panels will not only reduce the city's carbon footprint, but save money on electricity.

“The Parks Department, the Streets Department and the Fire Department buildings are kind of our low hanging fruit. They're the biggest users of electricity that we have in the city and the easiest places to install the solar panels,” she says.

Nielsen says staying local and buying local is important to a small town like North Liberty and they're proud to have these kinds of companies in the growing community. She hopes the panels will be up and running sometime in the next year.

“Solar is a company that benefits from being local because the cost of transferring materials gets very high if you have to go really far. It also helps from a service and support standpoint,” says Provorse.

Moxie Solar says once these solar panels are installed, they're expected to last the next 25 years.

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