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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 your utilities provider.

Join us at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha to learn from those who are familiar with the process: Alliant Energy, Moxie Solar and a local homeowner with a solar unit will present and go over aspects of residential solar to help you make an informed decision. There will also be time for questions. 

This is a free event open to the public. Registration is requested by Oct. 26.

Program Agenda


Presenter: Chris Hoffman

Chris has served on the North Liberty city council since 2007 and has been in business development with Moxie Solar for 2.5 years. Chris works with home owners, business owners and farmers to help them understand if solar is right for them…it usually is!

Going Solar – The Time is Now

  • The environment
  • Tax incentives
  • Energy rates and net-metering

moxiesolar_logoPresenter: Paul Trieu, Lead Engineer
Paul grew up in Minnesota and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. At Moxie Solar, Paul is responsible for all of the solar system designs since starting in April of 2015. He is currently pursing professional PV solar designer certification through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners or ‘NABCEP’.

Designing PV Systems that Fit

Solar 101 – The Basics

  • Definitions
  • Where are the batteries?
  • Basic components & options
  • Why not all designs are not created equal

The Solar-Ready Home or Business

  • What you’ll need
  • New construction planning

Designing a system that fits your needs

  • How much is enough?
  • Roof or ground?
  • Component selection

Alliant Energy is the parent company of two public utility companies--Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL)--and of Alliant Energy Resources, Inc. (AER), the parent company of Alliant Energy's non-regulated operations. (PRNewsFoto/ALLIANT ENERGY CORPORATION)


Nick Smith, Product Manager II Customer Centric Generation

Nick has been with Alliant Energy 10 years, 8 of which he’s spent in renewables.

He will discuss:

  • The interconnection process, working with your utility to safely connect a solar generator
  • Current and proposed net metering rates

Mike Otter, Homeowner

Mike will discuss the aspects of installing and using residential solar from the homeowner’s perspective

Where: Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, 120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA 52233 (319-395-6700)

When: Thursday, October 27, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Register Now

Cost is free! But a free-will donation at the event is greatly appreciated.

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