Solar-Powered KRUU-FM Receives State Grant to Produce Energy Efficiency Series

KRUU 100.1 FM, Fairfield's volunteer, grassroots community radio station, has been awarded a grant from Iowa's Office of Energy Independence [OEI] to produce a series of 20 one-hour programs highlighting the state's best energy efficiency practices.  This public awareness campaign includes a dedicated website serving as a central clearinghouse of information. 

 

“We weren’t even looking for grants,” said station co-founder and executive director James Moore. “But during an interview with an Office of Energy Independence spokesperson, they announced the state was seeking grant proposals in this area. A solar-powered light bulb went off in my head! I thought, 'That's right up our alley.' So we created our proposal and took it to the community.”

 

An anonymous donor offered to match any amount raised locally up to $25,000. Nearly 70 individuals, companies and organizations, stepped forward, committing time, money and expertise. The Iowa Power Fund awarded KRUU $50,000 in matching funds.

 

The Dream Green series will be hosted by Stuart Tanner and James Moore.  Tanner, an accomplished documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic, serves as co-chair of the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management, where Moore is on adjunct faculty.   More on Moore..........

 

The two have been co-hosting Tanner & Moore [Thursdays at 7pm; Rebroadcast Mondays at 7am] for four years on KRUU-FM.  The series will be promoted throughout the state and released under a creative commons licence in order to gain maximum coverage. Radio stations, media outlets, educational institutions, city councils and organisations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices will be invited to make free use of the series.

 

“With energy prices rising, the economy less than robust, and the limitations of existing technologies, underscored by oil spills, mining accidents and the nuclear tragedy in Japan, a series focused on maximizing energy resources couldn’t be more timely,” said Tanner. “Iowa is doing some amazing things. We'll highlight the stories of those individuals, communities, companies, and organizations who are implementing green and sustainable practices. Our goal is to create an engaging and informative series which will inform and inspire others to do the same.”

 

In September 2009, KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station and features 80 locally-produced programs a week. It broadcasts to the greater Fairfield area and streams online at www.kruufm.com