UNI’s Reg Pecen and Solar Splash featured on KRUU-FM’s ‘Dream Green’ series airing this Thursday at 7pm

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2011 

Media Contact: James Moore at (641) 233-1617


The Dream Green team takes listeners lakeside to last weekend’s Solar Splash, the world championship of intercollegiate solar boating, held for the first time in Iowa at George Wyth State Park in Cedar Falls. The show airs Thursday, June 16 at 7pm on www.kruufm.com.


Hosted by the University of Northern Iowa, 20 teams traveled from across the country and around the world, including Turkey and Mexico, to compete in various events with their specially-designed solar boats. The annual event started in Milwaukee in 1994. Cedarville University placed first overall in this years competition.


Co-hosts Stuart Tanner and James Moore interview UNIs Reg Pecen, professor of industrial technology, who helped organize the event and worked with a team of seven students. ‘It was great fun to watch the boats whiz around the lake powered by the sun. You also had the feeling you were watching the beginnings of a new solar-powered boat industry,’ commented co-host Stuart Tanner.


Other interviewees include Solar Splash founder Jeff Morehouse, Orono, Minnesota high school student, Tom Good, and teams from UNI, Kansas State, Washington State, Izmir, Turkey and Mexico teams, who competed at the 5-day event. “These kids are definitely into alternative energy,” said Morehouse. “We’re cross-fertilizing [disciplines] and that’s where innovation comes from.”


Listeners can join Tanner & Moore as they journey across our state in this uniquely Iowan 20-part radio series funded in part by the Iowa Power Fund and nearly 70 individuals, companies and organizations from around the state.


The Dream Green series highlights Iowa's green innovators, best practices, cutting edge projects, and communities leading the way in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency. Follow the journey at www.greeniowa.org or listen live at KRUU-FM Thursday evenings at 7pm. (Rebro Mon at 7am).



Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is co-chair of the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management. James Moore is co-founder of KRUU and managing director since its inception in 2006. He serves on adjunct faculty at MUM teaching Radio & Web Broadcasting.


The series is being released under a creative commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.


KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.”


KRUU features 80 locally-produced programs a week broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area and streaming online at www.kruufm.com. The Dream Green website is www.greeniowa.org.