The Iowa Renewable Energy Association announced Friday that it will receive $100,000 in federal stimulus money awarded by the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
I-Renew will receive $100,000 under the training and information program to expand its staff in order to provide training related to wind, solar, and solar thermal in at least 24 workshops over the next two years. Introductory and advance level courses will be offered. [...]
In addition, I-Renew will coordinate with Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to ensure that workshops offered by I-Renew fulfill the prerequisites for the MREA intermediate and advanced offerings.
For years, I-RENEW has run workshops for homeowners on installing renewable energy technology. The new workshop series will focus on training professional installers, who will be able to provide that service for many more Iowa homes and buildings. Lots of people who aren't DIY types may be interested in having a wind turbine or solar panels on their property.
This program is only one small part of the federal stimulus bill, but it will yield long-term benefits in terms of cost and energy savings.