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What’s the Rebate for Solar?

The Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) began in 2006 after it was put into effect by congress. Since then, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000%! In 2015, a multi-year extension was enacted allowing homeowners and businesses to receive tax rebates on solar energy construction. Under Section 25D, homeowners can receive a 30% tax credit. But here’s …

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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-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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