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UNI to host Northeast Iowa Solar Energy Fair June 6

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Contact: 

Carole Yates, communication and grants coordinator, 319-273-7599, carole.yates@uni.edu
Lindsay Cunningham, public relations manager, 319-273-2762, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a Northeast Iowa Solar Energy Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE).

The fair is intended to make solar energy accessible and easy to find, to connect businesses and home owners with local and regional solar installers and contractors, and to show that solar energy systems are available, practical and cost effective.

CEEE program manager Carole Yates says, "We are intensifying our work in raising awareness about the need for communities to move away from fossil energy and invest in renewable sources of energy in our region."  

Several speakers are scheduled:

-10 a.m. Solar Energy for Homes/Businesses – Mike Barnes, Hawkeye Community College, Alternative Energy Systems adviser
-10:30 a.m. Farmers Electric Solar Gardens – Warren McKenna, manager, Farmers Electric Co-op, Kalona
-11 a.m. Cedar Falls Utilities Solar Garden -- Pete Olson, Cedar Falls Utilities, manager, Energy Services
-11:30 a.m.  State and Federal Solar Tax Credits – UNI CEEE representative
-1 p.m. Helping Businesses Develop Energy Efficiencies, Iowa Waste Reduction Center

Attendees can meet local solar installers, learn about tax credits, explore energy savings and see solar systems at work. Individuals can also sign up at the fair for Cedar Falls Utilities' solar garden.

The event is funded by the Iowa Energy Center. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Yates at 319-273-7599 or carole.yates@uni.edu.