The Midwest is getting a chance to prove it’s good for more than just farming. Four case studies commissioned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and conducted by engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch, Overland Park, Kan., prove that solar photovoltaic (PV) energy harvesting is possible in the center of the country.

The studies, which took place in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska, investigated PV installations for residential electricity, ranch water pumping, high schools, and wastewater pond aeration.

The studies are available through the Iowa DNR’s Web site, at