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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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Iowa Shares = Local Workplace Giving to Iowa Charities

Ask you employer to add Iowa Shares as your company’s local workplace giving program so you can be assured that your donations will go to Iowa charities and won’t be gobbled up by high administrative costs. When you see the Imagine Energy Traveler on the road you will see the Iowa Shares logo on the tailgate. 

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Fall 2014 News & Events

Tell the politicians running for office about 4 promising alternatives to hydraulic fracturing and the keystone pipeline. Ames, IA could become the location of pilot energy system that would enable us to power the world with renewable sourcesNH3 Fuels Association Conference. These Collaborators are working on a Next-generation Energy Infrastructure that will enable the world to be powered 100% by …

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Aug 26 FREE Net Zero Classes

Aug 26 FREE Net-Zero Classes @ Marion Public Library 5:30PM – Building a Comfortable Home 7:00PM – Solar! Where To Start Instructor: Brandon Schmidt Brandon shares his 35 years of experience in the sustainable energy field with 

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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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Training Center

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The Iowa Renewable Energy Training Center (IRETC) located at Prairiewoods in Hiawathwawas finished with a flurry of activity just as the snow was beginning to fall in late 2010. We encourage everyone to visit IRETC during one of our upcoming open houses and reap the benefits of having this wonderful technology demonstrator in our community.Read More

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