Solar Industry Poised for Growth in Iowa

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Solar energy installations are more common today than ever before. The industry continues to see steady growth nationwide. Across Iowa, there is considerable potential for residential, community, and utility-scale solar projects.
  • Nationally, the solar industry grew by 15.6 percent between October 2018 and October 2019. In Iowa, the industry grew by 27.3 percent during this same time.
  • Today, Iowa ranks 38th among all U.S. states and territories in solar power production. The state receives 0.06 percent of its electricity from solar.
  • The solar power industry has created 844 jobs in Iowa, spread over 72 firms involved in manufacturing, installation, or a related activity.
  • Despite its relatively small population, Iowa is one of the top 5 states in total energy consumption per capita, due to its climate and energy-intensive industries.