Interviews and Walking Tours of PowerFilm, Inc. & Iowa Association
of Municipal Utilities to Air on KRUU-FM, July 28 at 7 p.m.
Contact: James Moore,
Station Manager, KRUU FM Radio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fairfield, IA, July 26, 2011—This week, Iowa’s solar-powered radio station— KRUU-FM—shines the light on two long-standing Iowa energy players. On Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m., KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” series will air interviews with principals from PowerFilm, Inc. and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. Shows can be heard online at www.kruufm.com
“We've often heard that we need stable forms of energy production like coal-fired stations and nuclear because they are constant, whereas wind and solar are subject to variation. Executive Director Bob Haug at IAMU discusses a new way of storing wind energy so that it can be a constant source of energy even when the wind is not blowing,” says “Dream Green” co-host Stuart Tanner. “We've also heard of new green jobs being created in Iowa. PowerFilm, Inc. is one of those green jobs gems. We had a great time learning from CEO Frank Jeffrey and COO Tim Neugent about all the applications for their thin solar panel film. Some of them you would never have guessed.”
Founded in 1988 by two former 3M engineers, PowerFilm, Inc. produces flexible solar film for OEM (original equipment manufacturing), military, and consumer needs. Co-founder and CEO Frank Jeffrey, a graduate of Iowa State University, has seen his company grow over the years, employing a steady stream of ISU graduates along the way. A publicly-traded company with 100 employees, one of PF’s newest partnerships involves developing a flexible computer screen with Hewlett-Packard.
The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities represents more than 550 municipal electric, gas, water and telecommunication utilities statewide. Their nationally-recognized, LEED-certified headquarters is surrounded by 11 acres of restored Iowa prairie located near Ankeny. Organized in 1947, IAMU is known as the largest organization of its kind in the country.
“Bob Haug has been with IAMU since 1986,” said James Moore, “Dream Green” co-host. “His role in representing and promoting Iowa’s energy interests, encouraging community participation and improving energy efficiency, gives him a unique perspective on what’s happening around the state and what’s possible.”
Funded with a $50,000 grant from the Iowa Power Fund and nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations, the Dream Green 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.
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 and executive director of KRUU since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.
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.” Features 80 locally produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area and streaming online at www.kruufm.com.