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Iowa FB, energy company partners in wind energy

May 30, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald WEST DES MOINES - Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) members interested in creating more energy efficiencies of their homes and farms are now eligible for exclusive savings of $2,500 to $10,000 on required maintenance agreements with the purchase of an Endurance personal wind turbine from Van Wall Energy.

Van Wall Energy is a new division of Van Wall Group, the popular Iowa equipment manufacturer and the exclusive distributor of Endurance personal wind turbines in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

The Endurance E-3120 turbine produces up to 200,000 kilowatt hours (kwh) of energy a year and the smaller S-343 turbine produces up to 19,000 kwh annually. Members interested in purchasing one of these turbines will receive the required 5-year maintenance agreement at no charge, saving $10,000 to $2,500, respectively on the maintenance agreements.

“That’s a tremendous value to farmers and Iowans who are looking for ways to be more efficient and environmentally-friendly,” said Craig Lang, president of IFBF. “Farm Bureau’s philosophy has always been to promote renewable energy and partner with those who can help the market flourish in Iowa so we can do more using fewer resources. We’re pleased to offer our members this new energy benefit that will help reduce their overall energy costs.”

“Iowa is the best state for developing a renewable energy market, ranking second in wind energy production,” said Don Van Houweling, president of Van Wall Group. “We’re pleased to partner with a group that has been on the forefront of that market. Our experience with farmers shows they are always innovating and looking for ways to increase efficiencies while reducing their carbon footprint.

Iowans know a wind turbine is a good investment because in these times of rising energy costs, it allows them to essentially ‘lock in’ their electricity costs for the future. And, the timing is right because they can also increase their savings if they apply for the 30 percent tax credit, currently available from the federal government. Alliant Energy also offers a cash-back reward up to $30,000 to many of their customers,” said Van Houweling.

For more information on this new benefit, contact Iowa Farm Bureau on our toll-free member helpline (866) 598-3693 or visit <> .


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