Solar Energy Resources


Project Description

Solar energy fairs were held at four locations across Iowa in August and September 2016. The fairs were designed to be “one-stop-shops” for Iowans considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business.

Below are links to vendors and sponsors, presentations from the fair,  and general information about solar energy.

Our Role 

Pathfinders was the project lead, project developer, grant writer, project coordinator, and grant administrator.

Solar Energy Fair Presentations

Two speakers gave presentations at the solar energy fairs. Their presentations are available below in pdf format.

Solar 101 presentation introducing solar electric technology
Scott Timm, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Download presentation (2 MB)

Project financing and planning information presentations
Aurelien Windenberger, ASquared Consulting, Inc
Download presentation (1 MB)

 Solar Energy Resources

panel-158630_640Check out the links below to find information about solar energy, energy efficiency, tax incentives, and more!

Iowa Energy Center – General information about renewable energy and energy efficiency

Solar Calculator – Use this site to calculate average AC power for your location

Solar PV Energy Guide – Comprehensive guide to solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems

PV Watts CalculatorEstimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world

IOWA Tax Credit Information – Get information about the Iowa Solar Energy System Tax Credit

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency – Search this database to find policies & incentives by state

Thank you to our partners and vendor sponsors!

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  • Alliant Energy 1
  • AE Solar Logo NEW
  • FFM Logo (1)
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  • Access Energy


Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP): Invest in Iowa, our outdoors, our heritage, our REAP logopeople. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation and more.

Additional support was provided by Southern Iowa RCD, Iowa Heartland RCD, and Limestone Bluffs RCD to coordinate the educational fairs about solar energy technology.

Contact Ashley for more information

Renewable Energy Education

If technology and environmental conservation interests you, take a look at the below listed programs to help you get started on a program that fits these interests!   Learn about new and upcoming technologies that involve solar and wind energies, please a variety of other possibilities.

DeVry University – Renewable Energy

Eastern Iowa Community College – Renewable Energy

Iowa Western – Sustainable Energy

Midwest Renewable Energy Association – Solar Energy

Northern Iowa Community College – Renewable Energy