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A Bright Idea: HCREC and Harvest Hills Housing Development Partnership with Community Solar

Updated: Jan 22

At Harrison County REC, we believe that investing in sustainable energy is key to building a brighter future. Our newest partnership with Harvest Hills Housing Development to provide access to solar energy to new homeowners in the development is just one example of our commitment to sustainability. This project provides output from Harrison County REC’s community solar to the homeowner. Each of the 40 Harvest Hills homes receives output from four of the community solar panels. These panels have the maximum capability to produce an output of 1,760 watts for the home. That is equivalent to powering four 15 cubic foot freezers at one time.

New to the Woodbine, Harvest Hills Housing Development entered their first building phase in June of 2021 with available lots ranging in sizes from one to three acres. After receiving their Community Development Block Grant from Iowa Economic Development Authority, Harvest Hills was able to complete their most recent phase with great efficiency with going from newly broken farmland to a fully formed development in just over a year. This 40-home project provides affordable housing to Woodbine and provides an opportunity for growth within the community. The development rests on the west side of town near the newly built CREW center which provides a collaborative space for the community to come together with neighbors and friends to enjoy a wide variety of activities available for all ages. Individuals interested in learning more about the development or available lots and homes are encouraged to visit their website at

“Our cooperative is pleased to partner with Harvest Hills and utilize our community solar for its residents. Together we are able to illuminate a path towards a brighter, and greener future for our community while also expanding development efforts to Western Iowa.” says Joe Farley, Chief Executive Officer of Harrison County REC.

Harrison County REC’s community solar is available for investment to all cooperative members. The community solar is a great opportunity for those interested in exploring renewable energy without having to invest large amounts of money or provide large amounts of space for equipment. HCREC’s community solar provides cost savings on participants monthly energy bill without the hassle of installing and maintaining your own solar panels. Want to learn more about our community solar? Contact Tim Plumb, Director of Member Services by calling our office at 712.647.2727 or send an email to

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