Solar Tax Credits, Incentives and Solar Rebates in the United States

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Latest Update: December 2018

There are more than 1,600 programs designed to stimulate the adoption of solar power in the United States. These financial incentives and regulatory programs can significantly improve the financial feasibility of installing solar panels.

Click on the map below to learn more about the available programs in your state.

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Summary Data for Iowa

State Capital Des Moines
Solar Value Index $637
Solar Energy Produced 7010 kWh / year
Average retail electricity price (2017 data) 9.08 cents / kWh
Average annual consumption per household (2015 data) 10162 kWh
Levelized Cost of Solar Electricity 7.87 cents / kWh
Reached grid parity? Yes

The Hawkeye State runs primarily on coal, wind turbines and nuclear reactors. A vast majority of the state's electricity comes from coal. Renewables are largely represented by wind energy, which supplies about a quarter of the electricity generation. Iowa enacted a Renewables Portfolio Standard, but with only a 105 MW target and no specific allotment for solar energy. The installed base of wind energy is more than enough to meet this target, so at this point the RPS alone is not an effective mechanism to spur the growth of more renewable energy in the state.