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May 23, 2017

Bankable or Bust: A Sad Goodbye to tenKsolar

When I think of renewable energy, and especially solar, I think of bright blue skies and puffy white clouds, verdant green hills and a crisp breeze. I think of a […]

May 23, 2017

Bankable or Bust: The Suniva Bankruptcy

In 2007, Georgia Tech spun off a made-in-America solar company named Suniva, which went on to enjoy a string of successes in raising venture capital and acquiring government incentives. However, […]

May 9, 2017

Iowa Wind and Solar Opens New Location in Bloomfield

Sustainable efforts are nothing new. The phrase “Go Green” has nearly lost its effectiveness in marketing campaigns, but the notion that it’s good for the environment and the pocketbook has […]

May 4, 2017

Alliant Energy Net Metering Policy Changes

The Iowa Utilities Board has accepted a policy change from Alliant Energy which alters regulations on net metering (*see below for a definition). Alliant’s current net metering policy is optimal […]

March 24, 2017

Webinar: Alliant Energy Net Metering Policy Changes

We are hosting a free webinar to go over the changes Alliant is making to their net metering policy. During the webinar we will discuss: What the new tariff is […]

March 13, 2017

Cloudy with a Chance of Amazing: Cloudy Climates Can’t Stop Clear Savings

Electric cooperatives seeking to maneuver into or maintain a position as an energy authority to their members will invariably receive questions and concerns from members interested in potential solar installations, […]

March 11, 2017

Winter Activities for Iowa Wind and Solar

During the winter, installations at Iowa Wind and Solar inevitably slow down due to the harsh Midwest weather conditions. It may seem like a slow season, but we’ve been busy preparing […]

March 3, 2017

Oh no, Snow! Why Not to Fret About Snow on a Solar Array

During winter months one might worry about how snow could impact solar production. One of the great things about solar is how little maintenance it requires, and that extends to winter weather. If […]

January 8, 2017

Seismic Shifts: Co-Ops Leading Members in a Changing Landscape

Throughout history and literature, an abiding sense of adventure perpetually draws humanity forward. The “frontier,” whether unexplored territory or untapped potential, epitomizes both danger and reward for those willing to […]

December 5, 2016

The Future Of Solar Investment Tax Credits

Whether we predict it or not, whether we want it or not, change happens. One critical, nation-wide element on the solar energy stage that’s scheduled to change is the phasing […]

November 25, 2016

Wind vs. Solar

Why Solar is a Better Investment Than Wind  Our heads up battle! Ah, the question I get asked all the time: “Tyler, why are you recommending solar panels when everyone […]

November 21, 2016

Considering Solar for Distributors: Part 2

We’re continuing our review of the important considerations a distribution cooperative or municipal organization must address when adding solar to their energy offering. Helping us again is Mark Aeilts, a […]

November 14, 2016

Considering Solar for Distributors: Part 1

As solar technologies continue to grow in sophistication and to drop in price, the incentives to join the solar revolution have never looked brighter. However, every opportunity comes at a […]

October 19, 2016

Follow Farmers: The Path to Nearly 2 Megawatts of Solar

KALONA, Iowa, Oct. 19, 2016 — Follow Farmers is the story of how Farmers Electric Cooperative in the small Iowa town of Kalona installed nearly 2 MW of solar. The […]

October 1, 2016

Solar Water Heating and Solar Space Heating

Why Solar Thermal? EXCELLENT INVESTMENT Solar water heaters can provide you with a return on investment similar to that of the stock market but with the risk of a treasury […]

May 26, 2015

Affordable solar power arrives in Iowa with the introduction of zero money down financing.

FAIRFIELD, IA, May 26, 2015 – An Iowa born and raised renewable energy firm is challenging the status quo by making it their mission to bring affordable and reliable solar […]