Monday, August 11, 2008

Midwest Monday: Iowa Guv Talks Solar Power

Now that it's mastered wind power and biofuels, Iowa Governor Chet Culver called for the state to become a solar energy powerhouse. He noted that Iowa gets as much sun as Hawaii - which I wouldn't have believed except that my brother just moved to Des Moines and has declared it "the Santa Monica of the Midwest."

At the Iowa State Fair, Culver called upon businesses and homeowners to consider solar power for their energy. Iowa is looking at installing solar power on new and existing government buildings.

Culver's sunny vision is to see solar panels to cover 1,000 acres of land in the state - that's enough to power about 110,000 homes. It would also displace 450,000 tons each year of coal from being burned, prevent 1.2 million tons of CO2 from going into the atmosphere and save $10 million that would normally be spent on importing coal and other fossil fuels.

KCCI and the Des Moines Register Photo credit: Des Moines Register

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