DES MOINES, IOWA (August 18, 2021) — Governor Kim Reynolds has declared August 18 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 Lieutenant Gov Adam Gregg.
“Iowa leads the country in renewable energy development, which creates jobs, grows our rural communities and supports a robust economy,” said Lt Gov 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 US 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 has been a true success story in our state. This technology has become an economic engine that is powering our communities and economy,” said Troy Van Beek, board member of the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association.
Solar benefits both rural and urban Iowa with solar projects in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.
“Solar energy provides a drought-proof revenue stream for Iowa farmers that’s needed now more than ever. Land leases for solar projects enable farmers to preserve and enhance our natural resources for generations to come,” said Ray Gaesser, Chair of the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum. “Today, we are celebrating the sun, but we also celebrate all forms of energy from our farms, including wind energy, ethanol, biodiesel, biogas, and more.”