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This is the solar array of 1,344 panels atop the MetroLINK headquarters in Rock Island that opened in 2014. The building was constructed to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold standard. The panels generate a portion of the electricity needed to power the building and recharge the fleet's three electric buses.

A slate of national energy experts will tackle alternative energy issues during the 2019 Bi-State Alternative Energy Conference at Augustana College, Rock Island. 

The event, presented by Bi-State Regional Commission, will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at Augustana's Gerber Center for Student Life. The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. 

Conference topics will include: model zoning ordinances for alternative energy, community solar initiatives, conservation practices for energy installations, turning brownfields into solar farms and energy efficiency incentives for public buildings. 

The speakers include Rob Davis of the Great Plains Institute, MeLena Hessel of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Leroy Walston of Argonne National Laboratory. 

The conference is made possible by funding from the Quad-Cities Community Foundation Mark W. Schweibert Fund for Environmental Studies. Additional sponsorship is provided by the American Planning Association Iowa Chapter and WVIK, Quad-Cities NPR. 

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