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Harvesting the Sun – Central Illinois farmer uses the power of renewable energy

Moweaqua, Illinois — You could say it was a lucky break that led Ken Zindel to renewable energy. “I was at a national farm show and was looking for a place to take a break, so I went into this room and they were talking about renewable energy,” he recalls. “It was pretty ironic that I went to this session at all.” Still, a seed was planted that day.

After he returned home, Zindel began exploring his options for renewable energy. He reached out to his local electric cooperative and began working with WindSolarUSA, a development company that helped him determine the optimal system size, type, and placement to meet his energy needs. To his own surprise – just four months after that fateful farm show – Zindel’s 1,500-acre farm in Moweaqua, Illinois, began producing homegrown power, along with the customary corn and soybeans. The ground-mounted solar array system he installed in June 2015 is capable of producing more than 18,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) per year.

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