Solar Industry Poised for Growth in Iowa


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.


Feature photo provided by the Center for Pollinators in Energy.