Posts under Category: Renewable Energy

  • Clean Energy Jobs Surpass Oil and Gas for First Time in U.S.
    [May 26, 2016]

    According to new research from the International Renewable Energy Research Agency (IRENA), clean energy jobs have surpassed jobs in the oil and natural gas industry for the first time in the U.S. In a report that came out Wednesday, the agency says that employment in the solar industry alone grew 12 times faster than overall [...]  Read More

  • Creating Jobs Through Alternative Energy
    [May 24, 2016]

    BY ABBIE LATTERELL | IOWA ENERGY CENTER Last year was a record setting one for American wind production. Electricity from wind energy totaled 191 megawatt-hours in 2015, which is equivalent to powering 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says coal and natural gas each generated around a third of the nation’s electricity, [...]  Read More

  • Community Solar Garden Helps Power Cedar Falls
    [May 16, 2016]

    FROM IOWA PUBLIC RADIO Just as the freshly planted crops in Iowa’s farm fields need sunshine, so does a new type of garden in a Northeast Iowa community.  It’s called the Cedar Falls Simple Solar project. For the past ten years, Americans have been able to receive a tax incentive of up to 30% when [...]  Read More

  • Hybrid Wind and Solar Electric Systems
    [May 12, 2016]

    FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY According to many renewable energy experts, a small “hybrid” electric system that combines home wind electric and home solar electric  (photovoltaic or PV) technologies offers several advantages over either single system. In much of the United States, wind speeds are low in the summer when the sun shines brightest and [...]  Read More

  • DOE Launching SolSmart Program
    [April 25, 2016]

    BY ABBIE LATTERELL | IOWA ENERGY CENTER Funded by the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the SolSmart program aims to work with cities and counties to foster solar growth in their communities. Technical assistance , reduction of ‘soft costs’ and streamlined processes are all resources provided by the initiative. Communities can also apply for a SolSmart Advisor [...]  Read More