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We need to keep contacting our representatives

The solar tax credit is on the chopping block Legislative leaders released updates to the tax reform bill today, and the bill proposes the elimination of Iowa’s solar tax credit program effective July 1, 2018. It is critical you call your legislators and the Governor NOW. Find your legislator at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find, and then: Call the Senate Switchboard at 515.281.3371. Call the House Switchboard …

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Action Alert – Support Clean Energy in the US

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  Call the offices of your U.S. Representative and your U.S. Senators today, either at their Washington, D.C., offices, or at their in-state offices, to urge them to support climate action. This is part of a National Day of Climate Action sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby to support CCL’s proposal for a “carbon fee and dividend.”

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Solarize: Cedar Rapids & Linn County solar buy group

Partnering with Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Linn County, the City of Cedar Rapids is participating in a solar group buy–the first in Iowa. Between June and September, join one of twenty Solar Power Hours held across the County to learn about solar and the program. For those that choose to install solar, the total amount of kilowatts are aggregated …

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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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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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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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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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