Native Vegetation and Solar Projects in Iowa

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Across the U.S., the solar industry is booming. Solar project sites often occupy several acres of land and are projected to cover 3 million acres by 2030. To produce 10 percent of Iowa’s electricity from solar energy, 13,440 acres would need to be occupied by solar arrays—offering an opportunity for project owners to demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship.

Adding project value

In addition to providing habitat for wildlife and pollinators, investments in native vegetation on solar project sites provide ancillary benefits, such as improved soil health and water quality, while also sequestering carbon.

Download the fact sheet for planning, cost, seeding, management, construction, and recommended native seed mixes for central Iowa.