Breakfast Series: Solar Energy in Johnson County

A monthly series of breakfast meetings on new opportunities for solar is being hosted by Johnson Clean Energy District.

MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque Street, Iowa City (on the Ped Mall)
In-person: 7:30 – 9:00 AM
Coffee and bagels / Free will donation

Zoom presentation: 7:45
(log in available at 7:30 but presentation starts at 7:45)

Wednesday, November 16 / Distributed Solar in Johnson County

Learn how distributed solar can contribute to energy reliability, equity, and other community goals. The report – Iowa City Solar 2035 – was commissioned by the Iowa City Council but is applicable to other Johnson County communities.

David Osterberg, Common Good Iowa
Scott Spak, UI School of Planning and Public Affairs

Cheryl Miller, JCED Board member and Energy Breakfast Manager

View the Full Meeting
Download Iowa City Solar 2035 Report
View the presentation slides
“Build Solar Energy Capacity in Johnson County,” The Gazette

Thursday, December 8 / New Funding Options for Solar

Massive new federal spending on solar will improve economics for cities, schools, and private homes.

City of Hills Mayor Tim Kemp and Kelley Schlitz, City Administrator
Steve Guyer, Iowa Environmental Council

View the Full Meeting
View Presentation Slides (City of Hills)
View Presentation Slides (Federal IRA Funding for Solar)
Iowa Energy and Infrastructure Funding Hub

Thursday, January 12 / Expanding Solar Access Through State Policies

Policy changes at the state level to increase flexibility in how cities generate and use solar, including community solar.

Stratis Giannakouros, UI Office of Sustainability and Environment will moderate legislative panel
Lewis Butler, Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association
Andy Johnson, Clean Energy Districts of Iowa
Warren McKenna, Solar Consultant and former Manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative

View the Full Meeting
View Presentation Slides

Iowa Energy and Infrastructure Funding Hub
“From Climate Exhortation to Climate Execution” by Bill McKibben
“Limiting Solar in Rural Iowa is a Bad Idea” by Andy Johnson
Inflation Reduction Act Information from Clean Energy Districts of Iowa
Johnson County Solar Decommissioning Requirements
“Solar Opposites” by Dan Gearino
“A Cleaner Grid is More Reliable” by Andy Johnson and Warren McKenna

Thursday, February 9 / Private Solar Investment Options

What additional support do cities need to go solar?

Casey Cook will moderate a panel of financial experts to discuss financing options for public and private projects

Register for Feb 9 solar Energy Breakfast