School House Apartments

Project Summary

School House Apartments, LLC is a landmark mixed-income housing complex in the heart of Ft. Madison, IA. Formerly a 1920’s era schoolhouse, the historic building has been repurposed into forty-one apartments and one auditorium dedicated to community use.

School House Apartments LLC worked in close collaboration with Ideal Energy to design an innovative, cost-effective 300 kW photovoltaic array consisting of a roof-mounted system and two car ports. Residents of the mixed-income apartments benefit from reduced energy costs through a combination of energy efficiency measures implemented into the building renovation and the addition of rooftop and multiple carport photovoltaic installations that supplement the building’s energy use.

Project Facts


Ft Madison, Iowa


300 kW

Annual Production

403,192 kWh

Project Estimations

Annual Utility Savings


25 Year Utility Savings


Carbon Emission Reduction

6,905 metric tons of CO2

Their words

“The use of green features such as solar energy and efficient design helped us secure funding with competitive loan and grant programs which made the project possible. We’re earning a great return on investment, and preserving a landmark building in our community.”

– Todd Schneider, Developer and Owner
School House Apartments LLC

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*Estimated 25 year utility savings are above and beyond the installed system cost with incentives, and are based on current utility electrical rates and predicted future utility rates. Production data is based on NREL and PV Watts.

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