Posts under Category: Renewable Energy

  • Getting the Most out of Solar Panels
    [September 19, 2016]

    FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY If you’re thinking about going solar at your home or business, you want the biggest bang for your buck.  Luckily, solar is cheaper than ever, thanks to the falling cost and rising efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. But here’s something to consider: figuring out the real cost of solar energy [...]  Read More

  • Lower Wind Energy Cost Projections
    [September 15, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER According to a survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts, the cost of producing electricity from wind power is expected to decrease 24-30 percent by 2030. The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), researchers at the University [...]  Read More

  • AERLP Celebrates 20th Anniversary
    [September 7, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP). Created in 1996, the AERLP was created by the Iowa Legislature to promote the development of renewable energy production facilities in the state. The Legislature appointed the Iowa Energy Center to manage this program [...]  Read More

  • 5 Common Myths About Residential Solar
    [August 25, 2016]

    from the Department of Energy A simple web search finds about 49 million results on solar energy. It’s a hot topic, and rightfully so. The amount of solar connected to the grid has grown exponentially in the past several years, and as of May 2016, there are more than 1 million solar installations generating electricity in the [...]  Read More

  • Energy Center Experts to Speak at Iowa State Fair
    [August 10, 2016]

    The Iowa Energy Center’s Bioenergy and Renewable Energy program managers will be speaking at the Iowa State Fair again this year. Bioenergy program manager Norm Olson will be speaking Friday, August 12th at 1 p.m. in the Agriculture Building. Bill Haman, the Renewable Energy program manager will be presenting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August [...]  Read More

  • DOE Announces $11 Million to Advance Novel Innovations in Solar Power Technologies
    [August 4, 2016]

    Last week, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a total of $11 million for 16 projects intended to develop innovative, early-stage solutions in both photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power. ten of the projects are small-scale research and development projects designed to push the limits of PV technologies, potentially advancing [...]  Read More