Solar Panels In Iowa

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How Much Do Solar Panels Cost In Iowa

The actual cost per watt will vary from county to county in Iowa. The price ranges below are range based on the average price per watt of $2.7.

System Size Avg. Cost Per Watt Low-End Price Average Price High-End Price
6 kWs $2.70 $12,150.00 $16,200.00 $20,250.00
8 kWs $2.70 $16,200.00 $21,600.00 $27,000.00
10 kWs $2.70 $20,250.00 $27,000.00 $33,750.00
12 kWs $2.70 $24,300.00 $32,400.00 $40,500.00
14 kWs $2.70 $28,350.00 $37,800.00 $47,250.00
16 kWs $2.70 $32,400.00 $43,200.00 $54,000.00

Please remember these prices are the average at the state level, so they may be a little different in your city.

Solar Panel Rebates In Iowa

In addition to the Federal Solar Tax Credit, you might be surprised to know that there are currently at least 52 rebates available in the State of Iowa. Click the link below to see all of the solar panel rebates available in your state.

  • At Least 52 Solar Rebates
  • Get Federal Tax Credits & Iowa Solar Rebates
  • Save Thousands Of Dollars On Solar Panels In Iowa
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Iowa Solar Panels By City

Cities In Iowa Where Solar Is Booming

Homeowners around the State of Iowa are eliminating their energy bills, improving the value of their homes, and making Iowa a little more green. Check out some of the more popular cities for solar panels in Iowa below.

  • Ankeny
    Sunlight kWh1020.85kWh
    % Qualified89.04%
    Med. kW Potential11.25kW
  • Cedar Rapids
    Sunlight kWh1001.3kWh
    % Qualified69.39%
    Med. kW Potential8.25kW
  • Council Bluffs
    Sunlight kWh1064.2kWh
    % Qualified84.42%
    Med. kW Potential7.5kW
  • Davenport
    Sunlight kWh1008.95kWh
    % Qualified71.84%
    Med. kW Potential7.75kW
  • Des Moines
    Sunlight kWh1020.8540412251kWh
    % Qualified63.82%
    Med. kW Potential6.5kW
  • Sioux City
    Sunlight kWh1037.8504344123kWh
    % Qualified66.64%
    Med. kW Potential6.75kW
  • Waterloo
    Sunlight kWh974.1kWh
    % Qualified59.13%
    Med. kW Potential6kW
  • West Des Moines
    Sunlight kWh1021.2210895456kWh
    % Qualified93.97%
    Med. kW Potential11.25kW

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions About Solar Panels In Iowa

Still have questions about getting solar panels installed at your home or property in Iowa? Browse some of our most common questions and answers below.

Why are flexible solar panels less efficient?

Flexible solar panels are limited in the materials they can be made from. Rigid solar panels can be made with more efficient components, and are generally thicker, which means more material to interact with solar rays and produce electricity.

How much do solar panels weigh?

The average solar panel weighs about 40 pounds. This will add about 2.8 pounds per square foot to pitched roofs, and about 5 pounds per square foot for flat roofs.

How do you clean solar panels?

In most cases, cleaning your solar panels isn’t really necessary. They get a great rinse off every time it rains. However, if you live in a dry state you may need to clean them from time to time. It’s generally advised that you hire a professional to do this so that you don’t do any unintended damage to your solar panels. However, if you plan to do it yourself, it’s not all that difficult. All you really need is a hose, a good brush, and some patience. Make sure to take your time and gently, but thoroughly scrub the panels until all the dirt and debris is removed.

How much electricity do solar panels produce?

A typical residential solar panel is rated to produce between 250 and 400 watts of power per hour. Your average solar panel systems have between 1 kW and 4 kW capacity. Solar panels’ output varies depending on a number of factors, such as their capacity, size, location, and shade conditions. For example, a 4 kW solar panel system on an average-sized house can produce around 2,500 to 2,850 kWh of electricity in a year.

How do solar panels work?

Solar panels, or solar photovoltaic panels, transform sunlight into usable energy by converting the light into an electric field that then flows into a conductive wire.  The conductive wire flows into the inverter which then transforms the electricity to an alternating current which can then be used to power a property.

You can read our full article about how solar panels work here.

How long does it take to break even on solar panels?

The time it takes to break even on your solar panel investment will depend on a number of things including the total cost for your system, whether you’re financing or you buy outright, and several other factors. However, the typical time range to break even is about 8 to 11 years for most residential solar panel systems.

Can Snow and Ice Damage Solar Panels?

Snow and Ice are rarely an issue for a properly installed and maintained solar panel system. Solar panels generate a good amount of heat through their operation and will usually melt any snowfall or ice accumulation. Solar panels are also almost always installed at an angle so snow and ice will generally slide right off. If your panels become entirely blocked by snow or ice, however, they will not generate power, the same as with any other debris that might cover your panels.

Interesting Facts About Iowa

Iowa, known locally as the Hawkeye State, has a total population of 3,190,369 as of 2020.Since 2010 the population has grown by 4.70%. The percentage of homeownership in Iowa is a whopping 71.1%! This means that 71.1% of the 3,190,369 people in Iowa are potentially elligible to install solar panels at their home. Click here to find out if you're elligible for solar panels. Did you know that Iowa is the the home of The shortest and steepest railroad in the U.S., Dubuque: 60 incline, 296 feet? it should come as no surprise that the state motto is "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain".

The total land area for the State of Iowa is 55,857.13 square miles. Including water, it has an overall size of 56,272.81 square miles. Iowa has an average elevation of 1,100 feet and a highest elevation of 1,670 (Sec. 29, T100N, R41W, Osceola County). With this average elevation, it is probably typical that solar panels can be installed at your home.

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