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Iowa Supreme Court Ruling to Boost Solar Power, Trade Group Says

July 14 (Bloomberg) -- An Iowa Supreme Court ruling may spur the growth of solar energy in the state, accord to an industry group.

The decision, “clears the air,” Ken Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington-based Solar Energy Industries Association, said in an interview today. “It’s going to make Iowa a more viable market for solar investors.”

The state’s highest court ruled July 11 that Eagle Point Solar, a local developer, wasn’t acting as a utility when it offered to supply electricity to the city of Dubuque. That means the company’s contract to sell solar power from a rooftop power system doesn’t violate state rules that give utilities exclusive operating areas.

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