Wind power has had a headstart, but solar energy in Iowa is moving towards realizing its potential. With Iowa’s central location in the middle of the United State, where importing fuels increases energy costs, diversification of renewable energy sources has become a priority in the Hawkeye State. Even when dark and snowy Iowa winters are taken into account, the average annual sunlight hours and clear sunny days makes solar power a great investment.Read More
In 2009, Andy Johnson, Craig Mosher, and some friends began getting together at environmentally-conscious Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, to talk about sustainability. “The general concern was climate change,” Mosher told Karen Uhlenhuth of Energy News Network, “but the specific concern was energy, and what we could do to reduce energy use and to shift to renewables.”Read More
It’s not like Adam Browning was unaware of environmental and energy issues in 2001, when he had his awakening about the potential of solar energy. After graduating from college, he’d worked in the Peace Corps, then joined the Environmental Protection Agency, where he worked on enforcing pollution regulations in San Francisco—essentially trying to monitor and regulate how much smoke was coming out of smokestacks.Read More
Broadway Storage is a small chain of self-storage facilities with a mission of serving its community. Recently the company decided to make a bold stand; not only to do right by its neighbors and customer base, but also to the larger world community as a whole— by making switch to green energy, with two solar installations from All Energy Solar.Read More
Warm weather inspires many people to look at ways to make their homes more comfortable and attractive. If sunny days bring you outdoors to improve your landscaping and home exterior, you aren’t alone. In fact, home improvement stores see a dramatic increase in customers during the pleasant spring months.Read More
Have you heard the news? Just this week Governor Branstad signed Senate File 2340, an important tax incentive bill for solar energy. This new law triples the size of Iowa's solar tax incentive program and improves the financial incentives for homeowners and business owners who install a solar electric system.
With these changes from Senate File 2340:
- The Iowa credit improves from 50% of the federal tax credit to 60% of the federal credit
- The annual cap on available solar tax credits increases from $1.5M to $4.5M
- Residential tax credits are now capped at $5,000 (up from $3,000) and business tax credits are now capped at $20,000 (up from $15,000)
- Taxpayers can claim multiple credits in a single year for multiple solar installations.
- Unclaimed credits in a given year will roll over an be available in subsequent years.
Both businesses and consumers are interested in reducing their negative environmental impact. They realize that going solar can dramatically decrease their carbon emissions, while also helping them save money on their electrical bills, but making the conversion can be pricey. Unless someone is moving into a new building construction, there will be a cost associated with exchanging existing rooftops for solar panels. In the current economy, those extra funds are hard to come by.Read More
We’ve all heard about the benefits of going solar, but often the message doesn’t hit home until it has a local impact. On a global level, each person’s daily activities have an infinitesimal impact on the carbon emissions that are creating problems for the ozone layer.Read More