SOLAR POWER: Lawmakers Want Expansion

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Iowa lawmakers are making a push to expand the state’s use of solar energy.

Thursday, lawmakers toured several central Iowa facilities already using solar power to see how that push is being paid off.

The tour took in Franklin Avenue Library and DART’s new central station and was led by former Hawkeye football player Tim Dwight.  He currently serves as the president of the Iowa Solar and Small Wind Energy Trade Association.

Over the past two years, state leaders have awarded more than $1.3-million in solar energy tax credits.

“The technology that is emerging, it’s becoming more acceptable across our country and the world. And we’re trying to demonstrate today that the technology works, it’s here in Iowa, and it’s a growing industry that we need to support because it creates lots of jobs, lot of economic benefits as well as the benefits of the environment,” Dwight urged.

Iowa ranks 16th in potential solar energy production. That’s higher than the sunshine state of Florida.