Decorah Municipal Electric Utility?

It’s official: a group of local citizens representing many sectors of society have formed a non-profit organization called Decorah Power to investigate formation of a Decorah Municipal Electric Utility (MEU). With 180 consumer-owned utilities in Iowa (136 MEUs and 44 rural electric co-ops), Iowan’s understand the value of locally-owned utilities serving and reinvesting in their communities. Decorah Power presented the option to the Decorah City Council’s utility committee Monday evening.

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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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Energy District and Solar PV Workshop in Decorah, December 8-9

To All Iowa Clean Energy and Climate Stewardship Champions:  don’t get discouraged, roll up your sleeves and get to work! That is the message from Winneshiek Energy District, which hostedthe first Iowa-Midwest Energy District Conference* in Decorah, on December 8-9. Great things are happening in clean energy at the local level around Iowa. Imagine if we could universalize those efforts, and create a “universal local” infrastructure for local leadership in clean

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Regional Dollars Provide Energy Efficiency To Homeowners

Regional Dollars Provide Energy Efficiency To Homeowners

Free home energy efficiency audits and simple improvements are now available to single family low to moderate income homeowners in Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Clayton counties thanks to a partnership between Green Iowa Americorps/Winneshiek Energy District and the Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund.

Recap: Going Solar Workshop

Did you miss our 2015 Going Solar Workshop at Luther College? Well don’t worry. We’ve got video of the lectures, along with other valuable information from the event. View a PowerPoint presentation document on Iowa Solar Incentives. Additional Solar Resources We’ve got lots of great resources about how to go solar in our resources View our Solar Installer Resource page. View our Solar Incentives Resource page. Learn about Decorah Bank

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Energizing Agriculture

Winneshiek Energy District has been awarded over $400,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop and implement an agricultural energy efficiency and renewables initiative over three years. The initiative will include the six Northeast Iowa counties of Winneshiek, Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Chickasaw. “Farmers aren’t too different from the rest of us” says District Director Andy Johnson, “they lead busy lives and energy isn’t always top of

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“Green Dream Gingerbread House” Workshop

“Green Dream Gingerbread House” Workshop

Area students joined the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team at the Decorah Public Library to build their very own “Green Dream Gingerbread House.” Five AmeriCorps members walked students through the basics of home energy, alternative wind and solar energy for power and energy efficient design with fixtures and materials. Green Iowa AmeriCorps Education Coordinator Max Molzahn shared, “We wanted to host an event that would tap into the holiday season excitement,

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DOE launches “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series featuring Northeast Iowa

U.S. Energy Department launches “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series featuring Winnehsiek Energy District, Luther College and the city of Decorah. July 18, 2012 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Energy Department launched the “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series, which will feature small communities throughout the country that are striving to become more sustainable, are investing in the green economy, and are bringing the benefits of clean energy

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Decorah Band & Trust Company Begins Use of Solar Panels

From an article on DecorahNews.com. Decorah Bank & Trust Company has just put into operation the largest rooftop solar installation to date in Decorah.  The 22 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic solar array sits on the bank roof.  It should produce enough energy to power the equivalent of three average-sized homes. Dennis Pottratz of Go Solar in Decorah managed and installed the system with the help of local contractors.  “It has been

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