Thomas Robinson | November 24th, 2020
The Johnson Clean Energy District (JCED) held a virtual tour of solar energy installations across Johnson County this past Friday.
The event was held to celebrate and discuss clean energy transitions occurring within the county. The tour included the Prairie Hill Cohousing site, the Johnson County solar power installation by the county building, and an installation at Herbet Farms. Attendees included state legislators and community members who are involved in the district.
Clean energy districts are local groups that strive to speed up transitions to clean energy. These organizations have been styled after the soil and water conservation districts that emerged in the 1930s following the Dust Bowl. The first district formed in Iowa was the Winneshiek Energy District and the idea has spread to surrounding states like Illinois and Wisconsin. The JCED works for homeowners and businesses alike, through education on available energy incentives, as well as their STEP program that installs energy efficiency measures directly in homes.
In a recent brief, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has confirmed that solar energy is the cheapest electricity in history. Their report emphasizes the importance of a clean energy transition, and the potential cost reductions it could bring for consumers around the world and right here in Iowa.