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Solar Energy in Iowa

Solar Panels in Iowa

There are currently at least 206 solar panel installations throughout the state of Iowa right now.

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Solar Energy Levels in Iowa

The average monthly solar radiation level in Iowa's capital city, Des Moines, of 4.55 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day) is approximately 22% greater than the average level of 3.73 kWh/m2/day in an area with historically low levels (WA) and is (sorry, data not currently available) the average level of kWh/m2/day in an area with historically high levels (NV). [1]


→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Iowa values listed here are based on the capital, Des Moines.

Solar Radiation in Iowa

Below is a month-by-month comparison of how average Iowa solar radiation levels compare to average levels in an area with historcially high levels (NV) and one with historically low levels (WA). [1]

→ k/m/d = kWh/m2/day = kilowatt hours per square meter per day.
→ Values listed as 0 (zero) are not available (N/A).
→ Iowa values listed here are based on the capital, Des Moines.

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Solar Installs in Iowa

Solar Panel Installations in Iowa

A look at solar installs in Iowa. The chart below visualizes install totals for the top five counties in IA vs. the cumulative install total of rest of IA counties combined.

Breakdown of Solar Installs in Iowa

There are currently at least 206 solar panel installations throughout the state of Iowa right now. [1]

  • Top Five Solar Install Counties in Iowa
    • Dubuque County: 9 solar installs
    • Linn County: 6 solar installs
    • Johnson County: 3 solar installs
    • Allamakee County: 3 solar installs
    • Winneshiek County: 2 solar installs
    • Everywhere Else: 183 solar installs

Note: Install totals presented here are those voluntarily contributed from a variety of sources including solar incentive programs, utilities, installers, and the general public. [1] Data for some states is thinner than others.

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Cost of Utilities in Iowa

Iowa Electricity Costs

Residential electricity prices in Iowa averaged 13.11 cents per kilowatthour (¢/kWh) in May 2017, which was approximately 1% more than the overall U.S. average residential electricity rate of 13.02¢/kWh in May. [2]

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Iowa Natural Gas Costs

Residential natural gas prices in Iowa averaged $10.89 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) in May 2017, which was about 18% less than the overall U.S. average residential natural gas rate of $13.21 per Mcf in May. [3]

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More about Iowa

About Iowa

Iowa ranks 30th among all states in the U.S. with a population of approximately 3,046,355. [4]

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Solar Energy in IA

To learn more about solar energy and solar power in Iowa, or for additional solar-related resources in IA, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Solar power is renewable, does not produce any pollutants and is one of the cleanest source of energy.

Cities in Iowa

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