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October 4, 2018

Major Incentives Await Every Solar Customer

  Getting a grasp of the many solar incentives can be overwhelming. We’ve broken them down so you can easily determine which ones may be relevant to you. Federal Investment […]

October 3, 2018

Choosing a Solar Installer You Can Trust

Why NABCEP Certification Matters You know about the certifications required for your field, but did you know there are certifications exclusively for the solar industry? It takes more than top-notch […]

October 1, 2018

How Do Solar Panels Fare In A Hurricane?

  Whenever a major storm like Hurricane Florence causes electrical grid failure, a wave of solar intrigue follows. Two questions are usually driving people’s curiosity: How Do Solar Panels Handle […]

September 20, 2018

What is the Illinois Adjustable Block Program?

  Want to learn more about The Adjustable Block Program but only finding dry articles full of jargon? Read the post below for an easy-to-read explanation of the Illinois Adjustable […]

September 14, 2018

Do Solar Panels Help Protect My Roof?

  Give Your Roof a Day Job Solar installations have seen a steady rise over the last ten years and it doesn’t look like sales and installation will slow anytime […]

July 31, 2018

Simpleray Ranked One Of The Top 500 Solar Contractors

At Simpleray we continually strive to provide outstanding solar service. From our workmanship guarantees and manufacturer warranties on our arrays, to our innovative live design process, we want to ensure […]

February 8, 2018

A Day Lobbying at the State Capitol

Des Moines, Iowa – February 8th, 2018 By Lilith Shoemaker With solar policy changing on national and state levels it is important to stay up to date on the changing […]

January 17, 2018

Solar Panel Tariff

Protecting Customers from Imminent Price Increase UPDATE 1-31-18:  Over the past week, we’ve gained a greater understanding of the new tariff.  One interesting note is that the first 2.5 GW […]

January 12, 2018

Bloomfield: Small Town Going Big with Solar

How Bloomfield is Revitalizing and Reshaping the Energy Future of Iowa  The City of Bloomfield’s journey to energy independence has taken a big step forward this December, after years of research, […]

August 8, 2017

Iowa-based Solar Company grows by adding Des Moines office

Go Green. After all, it’s good for the environment and the pocketbook. But has the phrase lost its lustre? Perhaps. But that doesn’t change the fact that the adoption of […]

July 26, 2017

Simpleray Nationally Recognized as the “Most Forward-Thinking Contractor” by Solar Power World

Simpleray is honored to receive the “Most Forward-Thinking Contractor of 2017” award. Solar Power World, one of the industry’s most distinguished voices, announced the winner in their annual “Top Solar […]

May 23, 2017

Bankable or Bust: A Sad Goodbye to tenKsolar

When I think of renewable energy, and especially solar, I think of bright blue skies and puffy white clouds, verdant green hills and a crisp breeze. I think of a […]

May 23, 2017

Bankable or Bust: The Suniva Bankruptcy

In 2007, Georgia Tech spun off a made-in-America solar company named Suniva, which went on to enjoy a string of successes in raising venture capital and acquiring government incentives. However, […]

May 9, 2017

Simpleray Opens New Location in Bloomfield

Sustainable efforts are nothing new. The phrase “Go Green” has nearly lost its effectiveness in marketing campaigns, but the notion that it’s good for the environment and the pocketbook has […]

May 4, 2017

Alliant Energy Net Metering Policy Changes

  2017 Coverage of Alliant Energy Net Metering Policy The Iowa Utilities Board has accepted a policy change from Alliant Energy which alters regulations on net metering (*see below for […]

March 24, 2017

Webinar: Alliant Energy Net Metering Policy Changes

We are hosting a free webinar to go over the changes Alliant is making to their net metering policy. During the webinar we will discuss: What the new tariff is […]

March 13, 2017

Cloudy With a Chance of Amazing

  Cloudy Climates Can’t Stop Clear Savings Electric cooperatives seeking to maneuver into or maintain a position as an energy authority to their members will invariably receive questions and concerns […]

March 11, 2017

Winter Activities for Simpleray

During the winter, installations at Simpleray inevitably slow down due to the harsh Midwest weather conditions. It may seem like a slow season, but we’ve been busy preparing for new installations, […]

March 3, 2017

Oh No, Snow! Why Not To Fret About Snow On A Solar Array

Should I Worry About Snow On My Solar Panels? During winter months one might worry about how snow could impact solar production. One of the great things about solar is how little maintenance […]

January 8, 2017

Seismic Shifts: Co-Ops Leading Members in a Changing Landscape

Renewables in Reach for Utilities Throughout history and literature, an abiding sense of adventure perpetually draws humanity forward. The “frontier,” whether unexplored territory or untapped potential, epitomizes both danger and […]

December 5, 2016

The Future Of Solar Investment Tax Credits

Whether we predict it or not, whether we want it or not, change happens. One critical, nation-wide element on the solar energy stage that’s scheduled to change is the phasing […]

November 21, 2016

Considering Solar for Distributors: Part 2

We’re continuing our review of the important considerations a distribution cooperative or municipal organization must address when adding solar to their energy offering. Helping us again is Mark Aeilts, a […]

November 14, 2016

Considering Solar for Distributors: Part 1

As solar technologies continue to grow in sophistication and to drop in price, the incentives to join the solar revolution have never looked brighter. However, every opportunity comes at a […]

October 19, 2016

Follow Farmers: The Path to Nearly 2 Megawatts of Solar

KALONA, Iowa, Oct. 19, 2016 — Follow Farmers is the story of how Farmers Electric Cooperative in the small Iowa town of Kalona installed nearly 2 MW of solar. The […]

October 1, 2016

Solar Water Heating and Solar Space Heating

Why Solar Thermal? Excellent Investment Solar water heaters can provide you with a return on investment similar to that of the stock market, but with the risk of a treasury […]

May 26, 2015

Affordable solar power arrives in Iowa with the introduction of zero money down financing.

FAIRFIELD, IA, May 26, 2015 – An Iowa born and raised renewable energy firm is challenging the status quo by making it their mission to bring affordable and reliable solar […]