solar energy

City of Dubuque to help some residents pay for solar technology

BY: - July 7, 2021

A few Dubuque residents could get help to install solar panels on their homes through a city-funded pilot program approved this week. The program, Renew DBQ, comes a few months after Iowa lawmakers ended solar tax credits in the state. The Dubuque City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved contributions of $3,285 for each participant. The […]

Lawmakers end solar tax credits, leaving 760 Iowans out of the money

BY: - May 28, 2021

More than 750 Iowa homeowners will lose an average of $3,200 each after lawmakers failed to extend a tax credit for solar energy systems. The homeowners qualified for the credit when they bought their systems, many in 2020, and had legally applied for the tax breaks, said Tyler Olson, a former Democratic state representative who […]


Biden’s budget: Why investing in innovation is crucial to reach U.S. climate goals

BY: - May 28, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first detailed federal budget is slated to be released on May 28, and it will include substantial increases in spending to fight climate change. An overview sent to Congress included $10 billion in nondefense spending on clean energy innovation — a 35% increase over 2021. How Congress responds to the details coming […]

Auditor: Local governments could save combined $375M with average solar installations

BY: - February 26, 2021

If every Iowa county seat, school district and county government installed an average solar energy system, taxpayers would save $375 million over the life of the equipment, Auditor Rob Sand noted in a new report. in the state’s first analysis of its kind, Sand asked local governments and school districts and the Iowa Solar Energy […]

Renewable energy backers: Sun could go down on tax credits without state action

BY: - February 5, 2021

Iowa’s tax credits for businesses and homeowners who install solar panels could disappear next year unless state lawmakers approve legislation extending them.  House File 221 would extend state tax credits on 15% of project costs for 10 years. It also would clear a backlog of tax credit applications totaling approximately $9 million and double the […]

Iowa is one of the nation's top producers of wind energy. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

MidAmerican plans new subscription service with 100% renewable energy

BY: - December 23, 2020

MidAmerican Energy plans to buy a Webster County solar energy development as part of a proposed subscription service that will allow companies such as Facebook to buy power generated entirely with renewable sources.  MidAmerican will purchase a utility-scale solar development under development by owned by San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America. Terms were not disclosed. […]


Biden’s ambitious energy plan faces headwinds, but can move the U.S. forward

BY: - November 27, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden calls climate change an existential threat to America’s environment, health, national security and economy, and has promised a clean energy revolution to counter it. Biden has pledged that on his first day in office he will bring the U.S. back into the Paris Climate Agreement. He also is expected to restore numerous […]

GOP lawmakers look to block eminent domain for wind farm projects

BY: - July 31, 2020

Three GOP lawmakers who serve on a legislative rules review committee hope to block the Iowa Utilities Board’s controversial move to allow developers to condemn property for wind and solar farms.  The state also wants to decide where the developments will be built. On Friday, Sens. Waylon Brown of Osage, Zach Whiting of Spirit Lake […]

Panelists: Renewable energy could be an economic boon to rural Iowa

BY: - January 27, 2020

Renewable energy promises to be a powerful economic development tool for rural Iowa, an American Wind Energy Association-sponsored panel of renewable energy supporters said Monday at Drake University. It only took panelists a few moments to cast aside President Trump’s widely discredited claim that wind turbines cause cancer and to suggest that bird-kill concerns are […]