DES MOINES, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds declared today, August 18th, as “Solar Day in Iowa.”
To celebrate, solar industry leaders and supporters gathered today for “Solar Day at the Iowa State Fair” for a live reading of the Governor’s proclamation by Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.
“Iowa leads the country in renewable energy development, which creates jobs, grows our rural communities and supports a robust economy,” said Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. “Today, we celebrate the role solar energy has played in this energy innovation. With solar projects in all of Iowa’s 99 counties and nearly 1,000 Iowans employed in the industry, the future looks bright.”
The Governor’s proclamation reads:
Whereas, Iowa is a world leader for the production, development and technology of renewable energy. These industries create jobs in Iowa and grow the state’s economy.
Whereas, Iowa ranks 16th among U.S. states in technical potential for solar energy production, ahead of states such as Florida and Georgia, and has the potential to add enough solar to meet the state’s electric needs more than 150 times over.
Whereas, Solar energy has become an important option for Iowa farmers, businesses and homeowners to manage their energy future.
Whereas, Solar energy benefits both rural and urban Iowa, with solar installations in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.
Whereas, Iowa’s solar industry employs nearly 800 people and nearly 100 businesses involved in the supply chain.
Whereas, More than $568 million has been invested in solar in Iowa, growing local economies.
Now, Therefore, I, Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby proclaim August 18, 2021 as SOLAR DAY in the state of Iowa.
Solar benefits both rural and urban Iowa with solar projects in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.