solar-powered KRUU-FM receives state grant to produce energy efficiency series

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2011

Contact: James Moore

Executive Director, KRUU 100.1 FM

641 233-1617

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

Solar-powered 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 outreach campaign will include a dedicated website serving as a connecting hub of information.

“We weren’t looking for a grant,” said station co-founder and executive director James Moore. “But during one of our interviews, an Office of Energy Independence spokesperson announced the state was seeking grant proposals in this area and 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.”

When an anonymous nonprofit offered to match funding raised up to $25,000, nearly 70 individuals, companies and organizations from Fairfield and around the state stepped up, committing time, money and expertise to the project. With over $60,000 raised, the Iowa Power Fund awarded KRUU an additional $50,000 in matching funds.

The Dream Green series will be hosted by Stuart Tanner and James Moore. The two have been co-hosting Tanner & Moore for 4 years on KRUU-FM. Tanner, an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic, is co-chair of the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management. Moore has managed solar-powered KRUU since its inception in 2006. He is also an accomplished musician and serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.

The series will be promoted throughout the state and released under a creative commons license in order to gain maximum coverage. City administratorss, radio stations, media outlets, educational institutions, churches and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices will be offered 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 tragedies, 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 inspire others to do the same.”

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.”

With more than 100,000 volunteer hours into the station, KRUU features 80 locally-produced programs a week. It broadcasts to the greater Fairfield area and streams online at www.kruufm.com. The new Dream Green website is www.iowagreen.org