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The Solar Experience – Recap and Video

I-Renew and Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center hosted a great event to introduce residential solar energy to homeowners in eastern Iowa. Panelists were: Paul Trieu, Lead Engineer, Moxie Solar; Chris Hoffman, Business Development, Moxie Solar; Nick Smith, Senior Product Manager, Alliant Energy; and Mike Otter, a Cedar Rapids resident who had PV installed at his property. Moxie Solar introduced different systems and provided …

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Investing in renewable energy is a key element of efforts to avert climate change

WHY DOES CUTTING EMISSIONS MATTER? Climate change has real and dangerous consequences for our health. Especially for children, the elderly, and the poor, who are the most vulnerable to a range of climate-related health effects, including those related to heat stress, air pollution, extreme weather events, and others. Cutting emissions will lead to billions of dollars in public health and …

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Improved net metering policies will spur Iowa’s thriving solar economy

What is net metering? Net metering is a primary mechanism for compensating residential and small-scale solar projects. Under net metering, customers with renewable electric generators can reduce their electric bill by generating some or all of their power and receive a credit from their electric provider for any excess generation. Currently, only the state’s two investor-owned utilities practice net metering. …

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Iowa’s solar potential can spur the economy and create jobs

The past several years have been characterized by a surge of innovation and growth in the solar industry. Global PV installed capacity has increased by a factor of nearly seventy over the last decade, from 2.6 GW in 2004 to 177 GW in 2014. In the US, solar PV cells are a primary source of new electricity generating capacity. In …

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Iowa’s leadership in wind energy technology creates jobs in the state.

Iowa is a national leader in the wind manufacturing industry, with more than 15% of all manufacturing facilities in the country located in the Hawkeye State. The state also houses a robust and active wind energy supply chain that includes 75 companies supporting the production of all major wind turbine components. Additionally, geographic proximity to other markets and multi-modal transport …

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Iowa moving towards 100% renewable energy production.

The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a $3.6 billion wind energy investment that will help convert the state’s power grid to clean energy. The Iowa Utilities Board has given MidAmerican Energy the green light for the utility’s plans for a $3.6 billion wind energy investment, the largest renewable energy project in the state. The project, first announced in April, is …

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The Solar Experience: Learn More About Residential Solar

Join us for a free event to learn more about residential solar. The Solar Experience: An Introduction to Photovoltaics Learn from solar experts how to get and use solar panels for your home. Presented by: Alliant Energy, Moxie Solar, I-Renew, Prairiewoods Residential solar is on the rise, but you still may have questions about technology, contractors, rebates or working with …

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Residential Solar: Financing options and increasing your home’s value

Financing options for residential solar Once you’ve decided to go solar, the next step is figure out how to pay for it. Not many Americans can pay for the whole system out of pocket. Luckily, there are a variety of financing options. The simplest way to get capital to go solar is through a loan, which can save you anywhere …

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Debunking myths about residential solar

If you are interested in installing a residential solar system, a search on Google can be daunting. The information is vast and hard to sift through. The SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy has put together this list of 5 common myths about residential solar.     SOLAR PANELS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE Studies show the cost of going solar …

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Iowa poised for leading in bioenergy

What is bioenergy? Bioenergy or biomass typically refers to organic material such as crops, crop wastes, trees, wood waste and animal waste. Some examples of biomass include wood chips, corn, corn stalks, soybeans, switchgrass, straw, animal waste and food-processing by-products. Producing fuels and chemicals from biomass is not a new concept as biomass-based chemicals have been in use since the …

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