Moxie Solar meets with State Representative Art Staed

March 6, 2018 – MOXIE Solar CEO Jenn Hall and President Jason Hall met with a State Representative from Iowa House District 66 in Cedar Rapids. Art Staed stopped by MOXIE to talk about the future of solar energy in Iowa.

Jason Hall and Art Staed

Staed had this to say:
“The Halls are concerned about current policy and budget legislation that would remove solar tax credits and other energy-saving incentives while placing barriers on grid connection, including flat monthly rates.

Moxie Solar’s request, “We just need things to remain ‘status quo’.”

I agree with the Halls, and not just because solar is better for the environment than fossil fuels – which it certainly is – but it’s fiscally sound. Economically, Iowa can’t afford to risk losing hundreds of good-paying solar energy jobs. Solar energy tax credits pay for themselves in payroll taxes alone. There are currently 800+ solar jobs in Iowa which provide over $3M in revenue. Moxie Solar has 50 employees with an average salary of $70,000/year. They plan on doubling to 100 employees in 2018, and 500+ within five years. That will produce quite a financial ripple in our communities.

No more short-term thinking: energy from the sun is clean, free, and sustainable. To not build the industry in Iowa would be “a penny short and a pound foolish”.

(Note the boardroom table: it’s a solar panel! Someone should design solar-paneled picnic tables before I copyright it.)”


MOXIE solar meeting

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