Grants for projects that promote energy-saving technologies and education
Do you have an exciting, innovative project that saves energy? Bright Ideas can help make it happen! Anyone in Iowa with a bright idea can apply for a Bright Ideas grant. In the past, community groups, schools, inventors and engineers have received this grant.
What projects qualify?
We are looking for projects that meet one of the following criteria:
- Focus on energy efficiency or conservation
- Educate the public on existing and emerging technologies
- Establish or prove the effectiveness of a cutting-edge energy technology
The Bright Ideas committee will only consider projects that do not fit into one of our existing energy-efficiency programs.
Solar monitoring system
Not many would be aware of the rooftop solar panels on the Visitor Center at the Port of Burlington if it wasn’t for the sophisticated monitoring system made possible by a Bright Ideas grant. The SolarBridge™ monitoring system provides real-time reporting of solar energy production to a screen in the lobby. Visitor Center volunteers have noticed an increase in community energy awareness since the display was installed.
Farm to school greenhouse
Students in southeast Iowa are eating healthier school lunches, thanks in part to Bright Ideas. Pathfinders Resource reuses heat from a local manufacturer to grow vegetables in a greenhouse year-round. Heat warms the soil, extending the growing season and providing fresh produce to area schools all year.