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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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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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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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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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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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