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This Iowa solar industry takes big steps towards one day becoming a solar leader

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SPENCER, Iowa (KWWL) -- On Thursday, May 20th, Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association ('ISETA') joined The Solar Energy Industries Association ('SEIA') in Washington D.C. to contribute to the national effort of promoting solar in markets across the country.

President and CEO of SEIA, Abigail Ross Hopper, said, "Iowa might be known for wind energy now, but our partnership with ISETA will help to make Iowa a solar leader in the years ahead."

ISETA joins a network of state solar advocacy groups along with Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

The solar industry employs 770 Iowans and supports a robust manufacturing and supply chain with at least 50 solar companies working in the state. 

In Iowa, solar jobs have increased by 268% since 2012, the 16th fastest growth rate in the country. 

In 2020, Iowa alone installed 162 megawatts of new solar capacity which more than doubled the state’s total solar capacity in just one year. 

According to PolicyWorks LLC, Iowa ranks 35th in installed solar capacity in the United States, but over the next five years, the state is forecasted to fall to 42nd nationally without policy changes.  

However, Iowa’s solar industry is in its infancy and there is more work to be done to make Iowa a solar leader.

President of ISETA, Lewis Butler, said, "As part of a national organization, ISETA will be able to build on the many economic and environmental benefits solar has created in Iowa over the last decade.” 

To build a 100% clean energy economy by 2035, America will need at least 900,000 solar workers, which will include thousands of career opportunities for Iowans.

The Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association (ISETA) is a professional organization dedicated to excellence in safety, quality of workmanship and technical standards for the benefit of the photovoltaic industry and its clients in the state of Iowa through public policy, public relations and education.

SEIA develops strategic partnerships with numerous state and regional advocacy nonprofits on policy and regulatory matters in the solar industry, and supports grassroot efforts and federal campaigns.