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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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Energy Voter Video example

Let’s elect people who will enact policies that will spur on the rapid adoption of solar energy technologies. Share your #EnergyVoter video to

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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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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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Raphael Schmuecker Memorial Solar Hydrogen System

On April 27, the world’s first dual renewable fueled tractor was unveiled in Blairstown, Iowa My five decades at the Jet Propulsion Lab, where we were challenged daily to do the un-doable, served me well in this endeavor, I wanted to collect solar energy to make hydrogen and fuel a working farm tractor, something that has not been done before.

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