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.
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.)”