IOWA – The solar industry in our state saw a growth spike during 2018. According to the National Solar Jobs Census 2018, the solar industry grew by 4% here in Iowa. There are now 844 people employed in the solar industry in Iowa, and nearly 100 Iowa businesses involved in the solar energy supply chain.
“The new census reaffirms what we are seeing in the field – solar energy is creating jobs and providing economic impact to rural and urban communities across Iowa,” said Tim Dwight, President of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association.
In many states, supportive policies and rapidly declining costs of solar technology have helped drive an increase in employment in the last year. The U.S. solar industry employed 242,343 workers as of the end of 2018.
Last year, nearly every Midwest state saw an increase in solar technology job growth including Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit, educational and research organization, issues the National Solar Jobs Census each year to provide comprehensive and reliable data on the U.S. solar workforce. Overall, solar employment has grown 159% since the first Census was released in 2010, adding nearly 150,000 well-paying jobs across all 50 states.