What: Go Solar! Workshop
When: Thursday Feb 25 @12:15pm
Where: Keystone AEA, Elkader, IA
Calling Clayton County farmers, business owners and homeowners interested in going solar – now is your chance to learn what you need to know, in one afternoon, and start your project!
The Winneshiek Energy District and Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, together with newly formed Clayton County Energy District, are hosting a Go Solar! Workshop on February 25th, beginning at 12:15pm at the Keystone AEA, Elkader. Registration is free but required, please register today, because space may be limited, or contact Clayton County Energy District at (563)933-4062.
The workshop is designed as a “one-stop-shop” for those considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. The agenda includes a presentation covering the technical and financial basics, plus a solar owner panel discussion and comments from utilities. The Go Solar! Workshop will also feature a vendor expo with many local solar contractors, and an optional tour of a farm or home solar system. Specific details can be found at EnergyDistrict.org.
Why go solar? According to Winneshiek Energy District Director Andy Johnson, “Now is just a great time to consider solar, as prices have dramatically dropped in recent years and tax incentives are still available. When economics and stewardship come together, it makes for a powerful combination. Local ownership of solar is both great for your pocketbook and a great investment in a stable climate for our kids and grandkids.”
“Our new solar panel installation project has proven to be the right thing to do! First we reduced our electric demand by installing LED lighting and a more efficient hot water heater. Next, we sized our project based on the reduced demand. Our solar panels have lowered our electric bills by over 50% and with the tax incentives we should realize a 10 year return on investment. This is good for our pocket book and more importantly good for the planet,” says Joleen Jansen a member of the Clayton County Energy District Board.
Business owners, home owners and agriculture producers are welcome to attend the Go Solar! Workshop, as the information will be relevant for everyone. The expo and site visits will be valuable to everyone. Special opportunities for specific types of customers and situations, such as depreciation for farm and business, will also be covered.
In fact the Energy District would like to extend a special invitation to local agricultural producers. Solar PV is a good fit for many farms, and the Energy District is currently offering comprehensive farm energy analysis and planning services that include both energy efficiency and renewable energy. These will be explained briefly at the workshop, and farmers can learn more at EnergyDistrict.org/programs/farm-energy-planning.
Energy District workshops are supported in part by the Iowa Energy Center and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.