Farm Energy Expert Shares Ideas on Efficiency, Renewables

Earlier month WED Energy Planner Joel Zook met up with journalist Pam Reinig of the Clayton County Register to talk about farm energy: PR: How many farm energy plans have you conducted? JZ: I’ve done about 20 Farm Energy Plans myself, start to finish. But the energy District has helped over 60 farmers complete Farm Energy Plans. I came on midway through the Energy District’s farm program and have helped

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Howard County Energy District Hosts Solar Tour

Cresco, IA – On a grey morning in Howard County renewable energy advocates from Howard County’s newly formed Energy District illuminated the economic and environmental benefits of Iowa solar tax credits on their March 24th Solar Tour.   The group of community leaders and state representative Jane Bloomingdale visited numerous solar sites around Cresco, Iowa. KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Act Now On Iowa Solar Policy     

Two critical Iowa policies that support solar and other renewable energy may be undone in the current legislative session: Net Metering and Tax Credits. You can act now: visit our legislator page, then call or email your state Senator and Representative with two simple messages: 1. Keep Iowa’s solar and clean energy tax credits in place. Together with the federal credits (extended in 2015) they are helping NEIA lead the

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State Solar Tax Credit Danger: Apply NOW

If you have installed a solar system recently but not yet sent in your state tax credit application, we suggest you do so immediately. First, talk to your installer to check whether they submitted it for you. If they did not, visit this Iowa Department of Revenue page to learn more. If your system became operational in 2016, you must apply for the tax credit by May 1. There are

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Recap: Farm Solar Workshop

Recap: Farm Solar Workshop

We had a great turnout at the The 2015 Farm Solar Workshop!  With this level of interest we’ll likely be doing it again in the near future!  (We even got great press — check out the articles from both the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Agrinews.) We covered installation options, tax incentives, payback times, and why efficiency should be part of a renewable installation.  A group of experts including tax professionals, solar installers,

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Winneshiek County Leads in Solar!

Winneshiek County topped all other Iowa counties in residential solar installations in 2014, according to figures from the Iowa Department of Revenue. The county is likely in the top five for commercial installations (click on the image for a pdf showing both maps). “It’s absolutely amazing, that Winneshiek County comes out ahead of even the metropolitan counties with populations so much larger,” said Kyra Bellrichard, with Business and Community Solutions

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Oneota Coop Begins Solar Installation

If you see lots of movement on the roof of the Oneota Community Food Co-op in the coming weeks, don’t be surprised. The Co-op is currently installing a 20,000 watt solar array on the roof of their building located at 312 West Water St. in downtown Decorah.  This will be one of the largest downtown solar projects in Decorah and will supply approximately 5% of the Co-op’s electricity in a

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Introducing the Winnshiek Solar Energy Map!

Note: This guest post was written by Luke Stennes, a WED summer intern in 2013. My name is Luke Stennes and I’ve been working as an intern with the Winneshiek Energy District for the summer. I applied for the position because I did not know very much at all about sustainable energy, and I wanted to increase that knowledge by getting involved in the community. The objective of my position was

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Solar Rebates from Alliant Energy End in 2013

With the end of Alliant Energy’s renewable rebates on the horizon, Alliant customers should act NOW to save their spot in the rebate program. Solar panel prices are great right now, and non-Alliant energy customers (without rebates) are seeing excellent payback times on their systems. Really. We’ve said this before, but if you are thinking about installing solar panels, now is the time.  Panel prices are at their lowest in years

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