Cornfields, cows…and solar? The potential for renewable energy in the heartland

By Kelsey Misbrener The Midwest is known for cornfields, cows and good neighbors. But what about solar power?
These former industrial havens haven’t yet developed as much solar power as coastal solar pros like California, but they’ve got the solar potential, advocacy groups and political sway to be players on the solar field.
There’s a misconception that the Midwest doesn’t get enough sun for solar to make sense. According to NREL’s latest National Solar Radiation Database update, the Midwest has PSM Direct Normal Irradiance (radiant energy per unit area) between 3.5 and 5.5 kWh/m² each day. Though California has an average of 6 kWh/m² a

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