A new exhibit at the Marion Heritage Center focuses on energy resources

The Marion Heritage Center, shown in this May 2019 photo, is open again, with a new exhibit that includes information and a detailed timeline of clean energy history in Marion and the state of Iowa . (The Gazette)

MARION — The Marion Heritage Center and Museum is officially open to the public again, with a new exhibit. “The Fuel Question” is a new exhibit created in collaboration with NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the world’s largest producer of renewable energy from wind and solar.

The exhibit includes information and a detailed timeline of clean energy history in Marion and the state of Iowa. NextEra Energy Resources donated educational materials, lighting equipment and a renewable energy “microgrid trainer” for the exhibit. The Microgrid Simulator is a computer-integrated laboratory system that provides demonstrations of how wind and solar can work together with batteries to provide clean, reliable power. The microgrid can be operated independently indoors or as an outdoor laboratory connected to a solar panel.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Marion Heritage Center & Museum for this educational exhibit,” said Kimberly Dickey, NextEra Energy Resources Project Manager. “NextEra Energy Resources has invested in Iowa for more than 20 years and we look forward to providing the state with clean, local renewable energy for years to come.”

NextEra Energy Resources has helped fuel Iowa’s economic growth since 1999, investing more than $2 billion in the state’s economy. NextEra Energy Resources, through its subsidiaries, currently owns and operates 10 wind power plants and a service and repair facility in the state. Additionally, Duane Arnold Solar and Duane Arnold Solar II, indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources, are developing innovative solar projects in Linn County.

The Marion Heritage Center & Museum, 590 10th St., Marion, is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission is free thanks to a grant from the McIntyre Foundation of Cedar Rapids and ongoing support from the City of Marion Hotel/Motel Fund. The Center is ADA compliant.