Agrivoltaics – Combining Solar Energy and Sustainable Farming

Agrivoltaics is the combination of solar energy and farming. It attempts to solve multiple problems at once – increasing renewable energy production, increasing sustainable food productions, and preserving land and water resources.

Warning: Fly by Night Solar Companies Popping Up in Iowa

Fly-by-night solar companies are on the rise in Iowa. These out-of-state companies are promising unrealistic returns or worse, walking off the job leaving customers with an unfinished solar project. This is our guide to finding a reputable solar company.

Don’t Miss Out on the Solar Investment Tax Credit

The solar investment tax credit is scheduled to decline to 22% after 2022. 2022 is the year to benefit from lower initial costs and better return on investment.

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Stuff Etc

Stuff Etc

Community-oriented values and cutting edge solutions helped entrepreneur Mary Sundblad grow Stuff Etc from a small craft and clothing shop into the largest consignment service operation in the nation. Her company’s latest innovation is the installation of a solar power system designed to cover 100% of the business’s electrical needs.

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Grinnell College Solar Installation

Grinnell College Solar Installation

Grinnell College has a rich history of commitment to environmental stewardship within the campus grounds. Initiatives include signing onto the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a pact that requires participating institutions to develop comprehensive plans to achieve climate neutrality.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

“I have installed four different sizable solar arrays on three different commercial office buildings. The pricing, engineering, payback projections, and production have been completely accurate. The service and staff are responsive to my every need.”

Doug Greenfield
Commercial Developer

“After we switched to solar, our first utility bill was $13.48, which actually was just a meter fee. We went from spending about $9,000 per month on electric bills, to zero.”

Jenny Steffensmeier
Owner, Steffensmeier Welding & Manufacturing

“I would highly recommend Ideal Solar to any and all person seeking a solar system. Every conversation, meeting, and discussion was handled professionally and openly. Our system was professionally installed and is operating flawlessly. And most important, their service after the installation has been excellent.”

James Hiscock
Homeowner, Father, & Engineer

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Iowa State Bank

Iowa State Bank

Iowa State Bank was the first financial institution in the State of Iowa to invest in clean, solar energy, with installations at two of the bank’s locations in 2013. The installations allow Iowa State Bank to draw nearly half of its power from sunlight.

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French Reneker

French Reneker

French-Reneker-Associates, a Iowa civil and environmental engineering company, switched to solar with an array that will pay for itself in 3-4 years. The 41 kW array will provide around 80% of the building’s electricity and save the company over $9,000 per year.

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Gateridge

Gateridge

Completed 2015, the Gateridge Court Office Building was one of the first commissioned Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) third-party financed solar installations in the State of Iowa. Ideal Energy collaborated with top legal experts experienced in wind industry finance, to comply with Iowa regulatory and legislative mandates, ensuring the financial viability of the project.

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