Entries by Cindy Skeie

Legislation Would Give Solar Power a Boost in Iowa

Solar energy, already on a roll in Iowa, could get another boost from three bills under consideration in the state legislature. One bill, introduced on Wednesday, requires Iowa’s major investor-owned utilities to install 105 megawatts of solar power by the end of 2020, among other provisions. Another would appropriate $18 million to the state’s three […]

Solar Energy For The Farm?

Original source: Farm Industry News High up-front costs have steered many farmers away from investing in their own solar or wind energy plant.  But that scenario is changing with the rise in energy prices and a concurrent drop in material costs for installing a solar or wind plant. “In the last four or five years, […]

Iowa Nearly Hits $1.5 Million Cap on Solar Energy Tax Credits

Businesses received 97 solar energy tax credits in 2013 worth $987,830 Original source: The Gazette Iowa awarded $1.36 million worth of tax credits to individuals and businesses in 2013 for installing solar energy panels and related equipment, almost hitting the annual cap of $1.5 million for the green energy tax breaks. The Iowa Department of Revenue, […]

U.S. Will Top Germany In Solar Installation For The First Time In 15 Years

The third quarter of 2013 was another big one for the U.S. solar industry. 930 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) were installed across the country — the second largest quarter in the industry’s history — and it was the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations. As the solar industry continues its remarkable growth, “2013 […]

Distributed Solar PV Benefits & Costs

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s eLab has created a new report on solar power benefits and costs (distributed solar PV benefits and costs, to be specific). This is a critical effort, and a very useful report to help that effort along. Better valuation of distributed solar PV (DPV) is sorely needed in order to steer the quite […]

Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Tool Gets An Upgrade

WASHINGTON –– The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week announced the release of an upgrade to its popular online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The upgraded tool can help businesses achieve the President’s call to make commercial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The new Energy […]