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Explore Wind, Solar Energy In Iowa

Explore Wind, Solar Energy In Iowa

To provide an opportunity for Iowa business leaders, homeowners, livestock farmers and environmentalists to learn more about wind and solar energy, ISU Extension along with partner organizations, is presenting a Wind/Solar Energy Conference on March 2 at Le Mars.

The nation's leading researchers are dedicating themselves to the search for improved alternative energy sources. Iowa is a national leader in alternative energy with more than 1,100 working wind-powered turbines across the state. Solar energy also is being explored  to add to Iowa's sustainable energy contribution.

To provide an opportunity for Iowa business leaders, homeowners, livestock producers and environmentalists to consult on this topic, Iowa State University Extension in northwest Iowa, along with other partner organizations, is presenting a Wind/Solar Energy Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on March 2 at the Le Mars Convention Center, 275 12th Street SE, Le Mars, Iowa.

"This conference will address the latest research in alternative energy," says Sherry McGill, ISU Extension regional director. "It gives Iowans the chance to learn how these alternative energy methods affect them legally and financially."

Speakers to address various topics on wind & solar energy

Speakers from the Iowa Energy Center, USDA Rural Development and Iowa State University will address various topics concerning wind and solar energy. Some of these topics include legal considerations, planning and zoning, financing Iowa's energy industry and utility companies information.

Presentation highlights include Bill Haman of the Iowa Energy Center presenting an overview of wind and solar energy resources in "Wind Energy Resources in Iowa—The Bolts and Nuts" and "Solar Energy Resources in Iowa—An Alternative to Wind Energy."

Other conference speakers include Aaron Chittenden, city of West Des Moines; Erin Herbold, Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation; Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development; Mark Reinders, MidAmerican Energy Co.; and entrepreneurs Gregg Heide and Paul Rekow.

Planning partners of the Wind/Solar Energy Conference include Iowa State University Extension, USDA Rural Development and Plymouth County Economic Development. Sponsors are MidAmerican Energy Co., Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Western Iowa, USDA Rural Development, Plymouth County Farm Bureau, Plymouth County Economic Development.

Registration fee, which includes coffee, rolls and lunch, is $35 before February 22 and $45 after that date. For additional information, contact Sherry McGill at 712-276-2157 or

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