NIACC Solar Project

Mason City, IA

One of, if not the Largest Solar Projects by a Community College in the Nation and Arguably the Most Unique and Complex


Current Campus Energy Consumption
6,416,560 kWh’s at a current cost of $673,991 / year


Total Number of Meters Supported by the Solar Generation
12 Meters
5 – Supported by Solar Ground Arrays Across Campus
4 – Supported by Solar Roof Arrays


Total Number of Solar Modules (Panels)
5,800 Bi-facial Modules


Total Number of String Inverters
42 Inverters


Total Miles of Wire Installed
Over 8 Miles


Total Number of Generators
9 Kohler Natural Gas Generators being installed for Load Shedding
2 – 150kW for McCallister
1 – 150kW for Rec Center, Auditorium, Activity Center, Careers, Dinning
1 – 80kW for Admin, Central Plant


Total Solar Generation – 2,547 kW DC (2.55 MW DC) producing:
3,565,496 kWh’s (3.565 MWH’s) or $392,200 / Year


Percent of Current Consumption Replacement
Approximately 58%


Reduces Energy Cost by over $10.7MM in the next 25 Years


To learn more about this project, watch the video below created by North Iowa Area Community College.


NIACC Solar Project


Mason City, IA

Construction Cost

$6 Million

Completion Date

Summer 2020

Higher Education