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With no less than eighty recognized mountain ranges and thousands upon thousands of acres of wilderness, the state of Idaho has a unique and diverse landscape that ranges from alpine forest to desert and granite mountains to rich and fertile farmlands.

Lakes and waterfalls are also part of the regions unique geological diversity, and Idaho is home to the 7900ft Hells Canyon as well as the awe inspiring Shoshone Falls on the Snake River. Better known for the Rocky Mountains, Idaho can be divided into three major regions; the Rocky Mountains, the Columbia Plateau and the Basin and Ridge Region.

Idaho covers 83,574 square miles and shares a short 45 mile international border with Canada. To the South, Idaho borders Nevada and Utah, while to the east is Montana and Wyoming, while Washington and Oregon sit to the west of the state.

Nicknamed 'Little Ida', probably because it is smaller than most other Western states, Idahos main industry lies within agriculture, with one fourth of the national potato crop coming from the state. The mid 1990s saw significant growth in the technology industries, particularly in the metropolitan capital of Boise, but with the growth and popularity of winter sports, Idaho now sees tourism as its number one industry when it comes to revenue.

With over 1.5million inhabitants, Idaho is currently seeing a rapid growth in popularity, both as a place to live and as a vacation state, Idaho has much to offer the family travelers, the outdoor enthusiasts and even those who are just looking for a quiet getaway.

Both the climate and geological landscape of Idaho makes the state more favorable for the development of renewable energy systems. Idaho has very limited fossil fuel resources which has led to the state realizing its own potential when it comes to using and supplying renewable energy to its residents, businesses, and visitors.

The Snake River plains are already providing Idaho with some of the best hydro electric power reserves in the whole of the United States, while the geological mountain areas are proving to be a great testing ground for supplying significant geothermal and wind power to the state.

Residents and businesses are also encouraged to use solar power to help meet the demands for electricity within the state. Many family homes and businesses are already benefiting from the installation of solar panels, mainly encouraged by the Idaho State Solar Plan which offers advice and assistance to those who are interested in perhaps installing solar panels to their homes or business premises. The Idaho Energy Division also provides information to those wanting to take advantage of solar panels, particularly to engineers, electricians and solar panel installers.

A solar power experiment is currently running in Idaho which has seen a 45 mile stretch of highway being inset with solar panels on the road surface, with a view to generating more electrical energy for the state of Idaho and perhaps beyond.

As the 13th largest state within the US, Idaho really is a state that offers something for everybody.


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