Solar Funding

By: News Release
Oct 6th, 2018

The Clayton County Energy District with the Winneshiek Energy District is part of a consortium of Midwest clean energy organizations that has been selected for funding by the SolSmart Foundation. The funding will support technical assistance to local governments in pursuit of the SolSmart designation, as well as further solar market transformation efforts.
SolSmart is a national program that recognizes cities, counties, and towns “that are open for solar business” ( It establishes solar-related metrics for local policy and leadership, and encourages approaches that spur solar market growth and economic impact.
“We are thrilled to partner with both our neighboring energy districts in Winneshiek and Howard Counties, and nine local units of governments in Northeast Iowa”, said Harry Blobaum, Chair of the Clayton County Energy District. 
Participating local governments include the Monona, Elkader, Guttenberg, Winneshiek and Howard County Boards of Supervisors, and the cities of Decorah, Calmar, Cresco, and Waukon.  
According to Blobaum, “the project will promote a collaborative approach to identifying solar-friendly policies, and furthering solar market development. SolSmart designation brings national recognition, and will demonstrate once again how Northeast Iowa is leading the way towards a sustainable and economically