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Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County

June 14, 2017

Homeowners throughout Linn County are invited to participate in the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program. This program offers homeowners lower prices for solar installations through the power of a group buy. 

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) administers the program at no cost to the city or the county. This type of program has been successful in Illinois and Wisconsin, as seen in Milwaukee, Urbana-Champaign, Bloomington-Normal, and elsewhere.

MREA is working with The City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, The Nature Conservancy, Indian Creek Nature Center, and Iowa 350 to educate local residents on solar energy and explain how the group buy works. This program reduces carbon emissions while providing residents with the opportunity to invest in their own high-quality renewable energy solar installation, with savings on installation cost.

Over the next few months, MREA will provide free, public one-hour long educational sessions called Solar Power Hours (see list below) for prospective participants to learn how solar energy works and to answer questions. Visit, to sign-up. Homeowners have until September 30, 2017 to join the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County Program.

How Does a Solar Group Buy Work?

Homeowners come together as a community to purchase and install solar at reduced prices.

Reduced Price: A group buy lowers costs through the power of a group purchase. The more homeowners that participate, the lower the cost will be. The price is reduced because education & customer development is done early in the process, which saves the installer time & money.

Education: Solar group buys help homeowners decide where to start, what to budget, and who to hire. MREA provides free community sessions to help the community learn more about solar, its costs and benefits, and how the group-buy program works.

Installer Selected: An advisory team selected Moxie Solar through a competitive process to ensure quality work at a lower cost to customers. The installer was selected based on certification, level of experience, and cost.

Enrollment: Interested participants will receive a free, no obligation site assessment and estimate from Moxie Solar. The homeowner will decide whether to move forward with the solar installation.

Sign up for the site assessment by attending a Solar Power Hour or contact Chris from Moxie Solar at: (319) 321-4902 or  Homeowners are asked to contact their energy provider and request a copy of electrical usage for the past 12 months. This will help determine the size of the array

Solar Incentives & Financing

Combine current solar incentives to increase your savings.

  • 30% federal tax credit.
  • 50% of the federal tax credit through State of Iowa tax credit (up to $5,000).
  • Lower cost with Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County Group Buy Program.
  • Finance with Home Equity line of credit or Solar Loan.
  • Sales tax exemption
  • Five year property tax exemption on property value increase due to a solar installation. 

Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County: How to Get Started

Moxie Solar recommends the following actions to take full advantage of the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program:

  1. Provide an email and home address at one of the Solar Power Hour sessions.
  2. Request a site visit. Moxie will provide a free, no obligation quote.
  3. Sign a contract with Moxie Solar before September 30, 2017 to participate in the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program. Solar will be installed by December 31, 2017.
  4. Celebrate, share your story, and enjoy free, clean energy!

Solar Power Hour Sessions

July 2017

7/11/2017 (Tuesday) - 6:00 PM
5050 Edgewood Road NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411

7/13/2017 (Thursday) - 6:30 PM
The Geonetric Building ("The Foundry Lab")
415 12th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

7/18/2017 (Tuesday) - 6:00 PM
Palo City Hall
2800 Hollenbeck Road, Palo, IA 52324

7/19/2017 (Wednesday) - 6:30 PM
U. of Iowa Community Credit Union - Westdale
2340 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

7/26/2017 (Wednesday) - 4:30 PM
PCI Medical Pavilion
Community Room (3rd Floor)
202 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

7/31/2017 (Monday) - 6:00 PM
Falcon Civic Center
137 N 4th Street, Central City, IA 52214

August 2017

8/2/2017 (Wednesday) - 6:00 PM
Indian Creek Nature Center
5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

8/3/2017 (Thursday) - 7:30 PM
Lion Bridge Brewing
59 16th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

8/10/2017 (Thursday) - 6:00 PM
120 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233

8/14/2017 (Monday) - 6:30 PM
Cedar Rapids Downtown Library - Beems A
450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

8/17/2017 (Thursday) - 6:30 PM
Kirkwood, Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha, IA 52233

September 2017

9/7/2017 (Thursday) - 6:30 PM
Mt. Vernon City Hall
213 1st Street NW, Mt. Vernon, IA 52314