Founded in 1992, The Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) is a membership-based, educational non-profit organization.
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Due to abundant wind and solar resources, a strong history of business and state support, and the work of the Iowa Environmental Council and our partners, Iowa has become as a national clean energy leader in recent years, producing more energy with wind – over 36 percent – than any other state.
Located between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Iowa’s gently rolling plains have some of the richest farmland in the nation and significant renewable energy resources. The state’s climate, with rainfall in the growing season and dry air at harvest, together with Iowa’s deep topsoils, produce abundant grain crops.1 The state leads the nation in the production of both corn and ethanol.2,3 Unobstructed winds blow across Iowa’s open prairie, giving the state significant wind energy resources.4 With many days of sunshine each year, Iowa has solar energy potential as well.5,6 However, the state has few fossil energy resources and no crude oil, natural gas or coal production.7,8,9,10
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program helps retail operators of motor fuel dispensing sites or fueling stations to convert their equipment to allow the expanded use of renewable fuels in Iowa. The program utilizes grant incentives to encourage these upgrades.
Reimbursement can be for 50% of the costs for specific components of a project with a three year commitment required to sell certain renewable fuels. A five year commitment to store and sell renewable fuels and install certain equipment can result in up to 70% reimbursement for specific equipment or installation costs. Heat biodiesel terminal equipment and/or infrastructure can receive funding for up to $100,000 per project.