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By making renewable energy the primary source of energy in Iowa, Iowans can lead the global effort to reduce the severity and frequency of weather-related disasters. The economics alone are getting stronger every day for abandoning carbon-based energy sources for carbon-free sources. Furthermore, the human species will seek ways to get the earth’s carbon cycle back in check.  We can …

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Prairewoods and I-Renew, partners from the beginning

I-Renew and Prairewoods have grown up together. I-Renew was founded in 1992 and Prairiewoods was founded in 1996. I encourage all Iowans to stop by for an Eco-Spirituality tour on the Prairewoods grounds in Hiawatha. It is truly an oasis of nature and tranquility. While on your tour, the northern-most buildings on the campus are two straw-bale hermitages powered by …

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I-380 Eco Bus System

  Do you wake up in the morning dreading your commute to work? There are too many distracted drivers, commuting delays are on the rise and you cant ignore the environmental impact. Its time to turn the I-380 problem into a safe, relaxing, eco-friendly experience.  We can also convert 1-380 commutes into opportunities to get needed exercise. The goal of this post …

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Action Alert: Save Net Metering in Iowa

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) recently accepted a rule change from Alliant Energy, one of the state’s two electric utility providers. The rule, which will go into effect on April 1st, will negatively impact solar customers and reduce solar’s financial viability statewide. By accepting Alliant’s proposal, the IUB is allowing the utility to restrict Iowans’ energy independence and make it …

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I-Renew Pioneer, Don Laughlin, Home For Sale

The estate of the late Don Laughlin of Iowa City has put his custom built super-insulated, solar powered home up for sale. The home, a successful experiment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, is located at 827 Church Street in Iowa City (SW corner of Church and Governor). 

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We have another important choice in November

Important Note: I am an energy voter and #EnergyVoter were developed to counter the fossil fuel industry’s “Vote4Energy” message.  “Vote for energy” needs to be about electing leaders who can transition the United States toward solutions that will grow a new sector of the world economy to solve a global problem.

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Energy Voter Video example

Let’s elect people who will enact policies that will spur on the rapid adoption of solar energy technologies. Share your #EnergyVoter video to

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In Memory of I-Renew Pioneer, Don Laughlin

Don Laughlin served on the Board of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) from the organization’s founding in the 1990s, and stayed active into the 2000s. I remember meeting Don at the I-Renew members get-together following the 2006 Renewable Energy Expo in Solon. I will never forget meeting him because he put me at ease right away by pointing out that we …

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Imagine Energy Traveler Visitors 2016

As the Imagine Energy Traveler demonstrates renewable energy and energy efficiency across Iowa, volunteers will be capturing Zip Codes for all visitors. This data will be used to apply for grants and so you can visually see where in Iowa the Imagine Energy Traveler has reached.

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Solar Jobs in Iowa 2015

The solarfoundation.org has compiled solar job statistics for each state in the United States for 2015. The following is a snapshot for Iowa:

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