Iowa Governor Declines Solar Grant

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has decided to turn down a 1 million dollar Federal solar grant, most likely due to influence from the lobbying utility companies….read more below:   http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/18/solar-energy-iowa-forfeits-solar-energy-grant-utilities-lobby-state/12823051/   This is disheartening news, but the solar market in Iowa is still growing strong, despite the Governor’s actions. Renewable energy in Iowa has a strong future.  The cost of …

Iowa Renewable Energy’s Furture

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The government in the state of Iowa seems to be perplexed in the battle between monopolistic utility interests and the good of the many utility customers that desire Iowa renewable energy.  On one hand, the state has increased a limited amount of funds for renewable energy systems, but on the other hand has declined a Federal grant that would help …

Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?

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We often get asked: How much power will my solar panels produce on cloudy days, like during the winter…. A brief answer is that solar PV systems will still produce power during inclement weather periods, just not nearly as much as a sunny spring, summer or fall day. The main factor is the average amount of solar insolation (scientific term …

Solar Equipment in Iowa

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 Two Inverter install with disconnect eastern iowa  Mono solar panels installed on Iowa barn. What is the most appropriate solar equipment to use in Iowa?  This is a question we hear often from potential customers looking for the best solar panel systems.  There are many options available for solar modules (panels), inverters, solar mounting systems etc.  An experienced solar design …

Solar Panel Installation Iowa

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An article in today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette did a great job in explaining how solar panel installation in Iowa is growing. The prices of solar panels have dropped over the past 5 years, as new manufacturing plants have come online. This is great news for farmers, small business owners and individuals to capture the energy from the sun for electricity. …

Solar Tax Credit Incentive

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The solar tax credit incentive for Iowa in 2014 has been exhausted. This is great news, the 4.5 million dollar cap for personal and corporate state tax credits has been met. This is proof that solar panel installation is growing in the Midwest, especially Iowa. The better news, there is fresh incentive money available now for 2015. The solar tax …

Spring Time Solar

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The main reason spring time solar is upon us: Increased sunlight. It sounds simple, but now that we are receiving more light per day, NOW is when you should start reaping the benefits of a solar power system. Most solar panel systems, photovoltaic or (PV) are connected to the utility grid through a utility metering agreement called “net metering.” This …

Solar DIY Vs. Pro Install

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I’m going to lay out the basics of solar panel installation DIY vs. professional installation. First, let’s get down to brass tacks, because that is what you are interested in mostly, I presume.   Solar DIY Install costs: Majority Equipment:  Solar Panels, inverter(s), mounting (self install)   Solar Panel Additional Expenses: Disconnects, extra wiring, master electrician(s) (required for permit to …

Iowa’s New Largest Solar Array

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Today was the commencement of a continuing trend in Iowa, more solar PV being tied to the grid. With 800 KW of solar located near Kalona on 4 acres of farm land, this marks another milestone for electricity customers to save big on utilities. Members of the local co-op, many farmers, business owners and home owners can now take advantage …

Grid Tie Solar System With Battery Backup

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Many of our customers request a solar solution that integrates a battery backup. There are many reasons to have a backup power supply in the emergency case that the grid goes down. Rationale for a backup range from, temporary power outages to supply power to only a few circuits, to the extreme, of a complete grid failure indefinitely, or just …