Almost two thirds of Iowa’s net electricity generation in 2022 came from renewable resources, but very little of that was solar. As any Midwesterner can tell you, there’s plenty of wind to harvest — and only Texas produced more electricity from those big turbines.
But that doesn’t mean the sun can’t power your own home. Solar panels can help homeowners find independence from rising electricity prices. And, if you get the right equipment, they can power your home through power outages.
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Here’s what to know before going solar in Iowa.
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How to determine which solar company in Iowa is best for you
You have a lot of choices when it comes to finding a solar installer. You’ll want to start by gathering a list of as many options as you can. Search online, talk to neighbors and peers, ask around.
Once you have a list, ask several companies for quotes. This is like any other major home improvement project, and you should consider it as a long-term investment. Get detailed quotes to compare, and make sure they’re looking at your home in detail and considering your needs. Then choose the company that best fits what you want and offers the best price, reputation and warranties.
Average cost of solar panels in Iowa
Here’s a look at the average cash price for a 5-kilowatt system before factoring in tax credits and incentives, according to data from FindEnergy.com. Your cost may be higher, especially if you get a solar battery.
Iowa solar panel costs