On the Radio: Iowa’s solar energy future is looking bright


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This week’s On the Radio segment covers a new report released by the Iowa Environmental Council that supports the growth of solar energy in Iowa. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

A new report says that Iowa’s solar energy future is looking bright.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Iowa Environmental Council’s report, Real Potential, Ready Today: Solar Energy in Iowa, claims that Iowa has an abundant solar resource – Iowa has been ranked in the top third of US states for technical potential for solar energy production.

The report also states that solar energy creates jobs and saves consumers money, in addition to the environmental benefits.

Iowa’s current electric needs are met by about 65 percent of coal-fired power plants, 25 percent of wind energy, and small portions of nuclear, natural gas, and hydropower. The environmental council believes that generating 5 percent of the state’s electricity through solar is a realistic goal.

The report was funded by the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University.

To learn more about solar energy and to read a copy of the report, visit iowaenvironmentalfocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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