Iowa is well established as a national leader in wind energy and biofuels. And now the state is poised for serious growth in solar as well.
“The market is exploding in Iowa,” says Tim Dwight, a former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL star who has become one of his home state’s most visible solar energy advocates.
Homeowners, farmers, businesses and at least one school district in Iowa are going solar. Also, over the past year, several municipal utilities and rural electric co-ops have put up solar arrays, inviting customers to buy a share of the power generated.
“Solar growth in Iowa is where wind was in the first decade of the 2000s,” says Bill Haman of the Iowa Energy Center. “We saw an explosion in wind.”
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A recently-published book that has quickly turned into a bestseller is called, Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy, by Jigar Shah. He’s the founder of SunEdison and the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, from 2009-2012. His thesis is that investors and entrepreneurs currently have all the renewable energy and efficiency technology and tools needed to create a $10 trillion economy, and that it’s already well underway. His model is inclusive, and in building America’s new energy infrastructure, in terms of project size, “Small Is Beautiful” (the title of one of his chapters). To read more about Jijar Shah, his work, and his book, visit his website: http://creatingclimatewealth.co/
Also, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity has just launched a new website, Minorities in Energy Initiative. Check it out by clicking here:
Finally, a free webinar on December 13th, Engaging Students in Energy, will discuss ways to increase involvement of underrepresented groups in clean energy programs, as well as strategies to involve all students in energy, in general. It’s posted on Nebraskans for Solar’s Calendar, or you can click on this link to learn more and to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/892523321