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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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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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Iowa leading in wind energy

Early in 2016 it was announced that Iowa now generates 31% of its energy from wind. The data comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Officials said Iowa is the first and, currently, only state in the U.S. to cross the 30 percent mark. [source: kcci.com] Over the past decade, Iowa has attracted $11.8 billion in investment to build wind …

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Get Your Solar Tax Credit


The Iowa Solar Tax Credit Now that Governor Branstad signed SF 2340 into law, Iowans need to know where to go and how to apply for the Solar Tax Credit. The best starting point is the Dept. Of Iowa Revenue Website.

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