The Green Iowa AmeriCorps Home Efficiency Program Wants YOU!

  Have a drafty house? Interested in a free blower door test, and direct installation of money-saving LED lighting and water measures? Our Green Iowa AmeriCorps team is taking signups for ALL area households interested in their services. Fill out our form and a team member will be in touch to schedule your energy assessment.

March Solar Update

Solar Update Two critical Iowa solar policies need your support this 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 tax credits in place and raise the caps. The Production Tax Credit (PTC, for larger projects) expires this year and should be extended. The Investment Tax Credit (up-front,

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Decorah Asked to Explore Local Electric Municipality

Decorah (IA) – The concept of the City of Decorah becoming its own municipal electrical utility (MEU) was presented to the Decorah City Council’s utility committee on Monday night. The presentation was made by Decorah Power, a new non-profit comprised of Decorah area residents formed to explore the option. “This is about opportunities”, stated Decorah Power President Larry Grimstad in introduction. “There are significant economic and sustainability opportunities for a

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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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