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Iowa Solar

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Facts on the Iowa Solar Industry

  • There are currently more than 47 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Iowa, employing 300 people.
  • In 2015, Iowa installed 6 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 32nd nationally.
  • The 27 MW of solar energy currently installed in Iowa ranks the state 29th in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 3,000 homes.
  • In 2015, $16 million was invested on solar installations in Iowa.  
  • Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 6% from last year and 48% from 2010. 

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Solar Companies in Iowa

  • There are currently more than 47 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Iowa.  These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels.  These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 8 manufacturers, 5 manufacturing facilities, 30 contractor/installers, 4 project developers, 2 distributors and 3 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support. 

How much do solar panels cost in Iowa?

Solar panel costs have fallen significantly in the last 5 years and now installing solar panels can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. There are also now a lot of products on the market utilizing sophisticated financing vehicles to make solar panels for your home affordable. This website will show you the average retail price of installing home solar panels in Iowa.

Solar rebates and solar tax credits in Iowa.

Solar incentives are offered at the utility, county, state and federal level. These solar incentives can take various forms including solar tax credits, up front solar rebates, premium feed in tariffs (known as net metering) or solar production incentives.The eligibility and rules for each incentive program can vary greatly. This solar panel calculator allows you to enter your address and it will tell you what solar incentives will apply at your house and the value of these if you go solar.

Finding the right solar company for you:

There are many solar companies in Iowa offering a wide variety of brands and options. This consumer reviews website will show you the consumer ratings of each solar installer that services your area and will also show you what brands of solar panels.

Iowa State Solar Policy Resources

Iowa Utilities Board - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of Iowa public utilities

Iowa State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in Iowa

DSIRE Incentives Database – Iowa – Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in Iowa and across the United States

U.S. Energy Information Administration – Iowa State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government