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Ten "Solar Works for Iowa" Events June 20 and 21

posted Jun 1, 2014, 11:11 AM by Rob Hogg   [ updated Jun 19, 2014, 9:21 AM ]
"Solar Works For Iowa"

Events in Davenport and Dubuque Added to Schedule
Ten Events Around State Will Showcase How Solar Power Is Working For Iowa, Promote Expanded State Solar Tax Credits

Additional events have been scheduled in Davenport and Dubuque for "Solar Works For Iowa" on Friday, bringing to ten the number of events around Iowa to showcase how solar power is working for Iowa.  These events will also highlight the state's newly expanded solar energy tax credits passed with near-unanimous bipartisan support in the Iowa Legislature.

Under Senate File 2340, Iowans can now receive state tax credits worth up to $5,000 for a homeowner and up to $20,000 for a business owner.  When combined with a 30% federal tax credit, Iowans can receive almost half of the cost of solar projects back in tax credits.

Since first adopted in 2012, Iowa’s solar tax credit incentive (as of June 13) has provided $3.4 million in incentives for 739 projects investing $28.8 million in solar power in Iowa.  Senate File 2340 increased the total amount of tax credits available per year from $1.5 million to $4.5 million, and also allows taxpayers to claim credits for projects on multiple properties.

“Solar Works for Iowa” now includes events in Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Davenport, Dubuque, Cedar Falls, Independence, Decorah, and Fairfield.  An updated list of the events is provided below.  These events are timed in conjunction with a national day of action to #PutSolarOnIt.


Friday, June 20. 10:00 a.m. – Des MoinesDes Moines Onstage, located at 2124 Grand Avenue (next to American Red Cross), recently added a 22.6 kilowatt solar generating facility installed by Green Light Renewable Service and EcoWise Power.  Scheduled speakers include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, Maria Filippone of Des Moines Onstage, installer Randy Skeie of EcoWise Power, other solar vendors Karmen Wilhelm of Van Meter Inc. and Todd Miller of CB Solar, and Steve Falck of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.  The public and the media are invited.

Friday, June 20, 12:30 p.m.University of Iowa, Iowa City – The University of Iowa opened its solar electric vehicle charging station in 2011 outside the Madison Street Services Building, 640 South Madison Street.  It generates at estimated 70,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.  Speakers include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and Liz Christiansen, Director of the Office of Sustainability.  The public and the media are invited.

Friday, June 20, 1:00 p.m. - Dubuque - Eagle Point Solar is an installer of solar energy systems, currently installing the state's largest photovoltaic array in Washington County.  Representatives of Eagle Point will show its new 20 kilowatt unit at its offices, located at 900 Jackson Street Suite 108, in Dubuque, and discuss other projects Eagle Point has installed in Iowa.  Former state senator Tom Hancock who supported the solar energy tax credits in 2012 will attend.  The public and the media are invited.

Friday, June 20, 2:30 p.m. - Davenport - This event will be held at the John T. Blong Tech Center at Eastern Iowa Community College, 8500 Hillandale Road, in Davenport, where students can receive training in renewable energy technologies.  Speakers will include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and Bill Sherwood of Progressive Action for the Common Good.  The public and the media are invited.

Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.Cedar Falls – This event will showcase a private residential solar system, installed in 2012, at 1902 West 12th Street.  The system generated 2,329 kilowatt-hours of electricity in its first year of operation.  In addition to providing electricity for the home it also charges the batteries of a Chevy Volt.  Learn more about using solar power for transportation during your visit.  For more information, contact Kamyar Enshayan at 319-273-7575 or Pat Higby at 319-273-6012.  The public and the media are invited.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.Cedar Rapids – The IBEW Local 405, located at 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, installed an 11.1 kilowatt facility that has generated 6,280 kWh since the start of 2014.  Speakers include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, Rich Good of the IBEW Local 405, Tyler Olson of Paulson Electric, Stan Pfoff of Nelson Electric, Emy Sautter of Prairiewoods, and Renate Bernstein, a homeowner with solar electric and solar hot water systems at her home.  The public and the media are invited.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m. – Decorah – Guided tour of solar installations and the wind turbine at Luther College in a Luther College van departing from the Decorah Farmers’ Market.  The Farmers’ Market is located next to the Post Office and not far from Decorah City Hall.  For details, contact Jim Martin-Schramm and Stratis Giannakourus at Luther College.  The public and the media are invited.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.Independence – There will be a solar open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the home of Joe Olsen, 2003 206th Street, just northeast of Independence, which has a 5.4 kilowatt solar system.  Earlier in the day advocates and vendors will be at the Independence Farmers’ Market, starting at 8 a.m., with a solar information booth.  The public and the media are invited.

Saturday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.Fairfield – The Sustainable Living Center at MUM will hold an open house from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to highlight its 12 kilowatt solar electric system that has generated 30,000 kilowatt-hours since it began operation in 2012.  The Sustainable Living Center also has solar thermal, energy conservation, and wind power systems.  Overall, the Sustainable Living Center generates 30% more energy than it consumes.  Speakers include Lonnie Gamble, system designed, and Troy Van Beek, Ideal Energy, system installer.  The public and the media are invited.

Saturday, June 21 – 2:00 p.m. – Marshalltown – The Marshalltown Public Library, located at 105 W. Boone Street, installed a 15.7 kilowatt system in 2009 that has generated nearly 100,000 kilowatt-hours in just over 5 years of operation.  Speakers will include Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids and solar installer Michelle Wei of GWA International.  The meeting will take place in the large community room.  The public and the media are invited.