The Iowa State Fair wraps up next weekend. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Sarah McCammon, who's on assignment with Marketplace, over the economics and controversy over when schools should start and how that affects state fairs and tourism. Masters also talks with McCammon about the energy stories she's done on Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that was involved in the BP oil spill three years ago, and a solar company that’s also ahead of its peers.
Advocates for solar power are watching an Iowa court case that pits a small Dubuque company against the state’s giant electric utilities. Both sides say the case could eliminate some of the barriers to solar power in the state.
A new state tax credit is encouraging homeowners to invest in solar energy and people throughout Iowa are already using the renewable resource. Ben Kieffer talks with homeowner, Steve Peterson, who has a solar system in his home, along with Dennis Pottratz, whose renewable energy company installed Steve’s solar system. Energy Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council, Nathaniel Baer, discusses the tax breaks.