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Your rural voice: Providing a pathway for clean energy investment

Nationally, South Dakota ranks 46th for energy efficiency programs and policy. HB 1090 would improve on that ranking by giving South Dakota counties the ability to create C-PACE programs if they so choose. These programs provide opportunities for local businesses to access low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. C-PACE allows businesses to make clean energy improvements that are designed to exceed the annual assessment payment, allowing property owners to save money right away.

U.S. wind energy generates more than $1 billion in tax revenue, payments

The number of Americans receiving their electricity from renewable wind energy grew rapidly in 2018, with enough installed capacity to power more than 30 million homes. With more projects currently in development, total wind capacity in the U.S. is projected to grow to 131,000 megawatts (MW), or enough to power about 42 million homes and increase the percentage of energy that states receive from wind.

Iowa's wind industry generates millions in tax revenue

As nearly 40 percent of Iowa’s energy needs are met by wind, communities that host renewable energy projects are generating millions in tax revenue.

Iowa has 7,312 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity through approximately 4,145 turbines. One project, MidAmerican Energy’s “Wind XI,” is estimated to generate $12.5 million in property taxes each year.

Census of Agriculture shows more renewables on farms

Farmers are increasingly adopting renewable energy on their farms. According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, released on April 11, 2019, solar and geothermal energy systems on farms have increased significantly since the last Census in 2012. In 2017, there were 133,176 farms producing renewable energy—more than double the 2012 total.

The Census reports 90,142 farms had solar energy production in 2017, a 60 percent increase from the 36,331 farms reported in the 2012 census.

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