Bloomfield Solar

A JOURNEY TO
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

The largest tracking solar array in Iowa

Part of Bloomfield's pioneering initiative to be
energy independent by 2030!

5,400
Solar Panels
1.86 MW
Power
10%
Of City's Energy
600
Energy Efficient
Homes Powered

#EnergyIndependentBloomfield on social media

THE STORY OF BLOOMFIELD'S PIONEERING INITIATIVE

Bloomfield's journey to energy independence continues after years of research, evaluation, and planning by many of the top energy professionals around the mid-west, and beyond. Through hard work and dedication we are pioneering the path to stabilized energy prices for every resident, and complete energy independence by 2030.
Learn more about the pioneers of Bloomfield and their journey to becoming energy independent.
2013-2017

RESEARCH

Leaders and visionaries from Bloomfield begin to research if and how the City of Bloomfield could become energy independent again. Solar is explored as a step to include. A conclusion was reached that solar energy’s cost and efficiency over the long term would make it a viable step in becoming energy independent.

August 2017

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

The Request for Proposal from the City of Bloomfield is won by Iowa Wind and Solar

September 2017

PRE-PLANNING

The solar array designs and electrical plans are finalized by Tyler Anderson and the solar engineering team at Iowa Wind and Solar

October 24th

GROUND BREAKING

The ground breaking ceremony is held at the solar field near the Davis County Fairgrounds with the City of Bloomfield and Iowa Wind and Solar

November 2017

DIRT WORK

Massive amounts of dirt are moved to level the ground for the tracking solar field

DECEMBER 2017

POST DRIVING

After the ground is leveled, construction begins on the posts which support the racking

LIVESTREAMING

The solar installation is streamed live for all to see!

Mid December 2017

RACKING

Solar racking that supports the modules is installed

Late December 2017

MODULES

5,400 solar modules are installed over the course of several weeks by a huge team effort

December 29th 2017

COMMISSIONING

The solar field, after many months of planning and hard work, is turned on by the City of Bloomfield.

January 2018

TRACKING

The tracking system is put into place, which will mechanically angle the solar modules East and West to catch the morning, mid-day, and evening Sun.

"It’s for the future. It’s not for today, it’s for 20 years from now, it’s for 50 years from now... to hedge against rising costs of energy production."
– EARL HOWARD, CITY COUNCILMAN AND BLOOMFIELD RESIDENT FOR OVER 38 YEARS –