Installing Solar Across Iowa

With a reputation for quality installation, team expertise, and five-star service, our team’s design and installation of residential, commercial, and utility-scale solar energy systems started in the heart of Illinois. Now, our expert team is proud to manage every aspect of installation – from meticulous design to efficient development and ongoing support – ensuring a stress-free transition to clean, renewable energy for our valued Iowa customers.

Solar in Iowa

Iowa has greatly expanded its renewable energy portfolio in recent years, and we’re eager to support the growth of clean energy. Iowa’s implementation of a Renewable Portfolio Standard means that utilities must obtain a certain percentage of their energy from renewable sources. We’ve seen this standard play a significant role in driving solar energy adoption for individuals, businesses, and communities in Iowa, and incentivize utilities to invest in solar installations.*

15 %

of U.S. Homes Will Have Solar by 20301

It’s projected that 15% of U.S. homes will have a solar photovoltaic system by 2030.1 We can help Iowa residents enjoy the benefits.

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Our Iowa Solar Plans


Go solar by purchasing your solar system outright and benefit from your self-generated electricity as soon as your system goes online.


Create a financing program that can be customized to fit your needs and monthly budget – with no prepayment penalties.

Lease Options

For government entities and businesses, there are short-term lease options that require $0 out of pocket and can help maximize long-term savings.

Iowa Incentives

Federal Income Tax Credit

Taxpayers may be able to claim a tax credit on their Federal Income Tax return of 30% for qualified expenditures on a solar system that provides electricity to their residence. Business taxpayers may be eligible for a similar tax credit of 30% or more, depending on the circumstances, on a solar system that they own. Individual or business tax credits may be possible to carry forward to offset future tax liabilities if there is insufficient tax liability in the solar system’s first year of operation. Consult your tax advisor to determine whether this credit is available to you and for what amount.

Net Metering

If your solar system produces more energy than you’re using, you may get credits applied to your monthly electricity bill at the discretion of your utility provider.2 Net metering can vary, depending on your utility provider. MidAmerican Energy and Interstate Power and Light customers may be eligible for net metering if their solar system is under 500 kW. Credits are capped and expire annually. Municipal and cooperative electric utilities may not offer net metering.

Steps to Solar



During this meeting, we’ll share details about your system and answer any questions you may have about your project and solar energy.



Our site surveyor will visit to take precise measurements – and share them with our design team to help with the completion of your system design.



Along with a design packet and approval from a licensed structural engineer, we send required documents to your municipality for a building permit, which is granted at the discretion of the municipality, or authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).3



Once permitting is approved, we’ll get your installation scheduled. Most residential installations take from one to three days – and we’ll show you around the system once installation is complete.

Installations Around Iowa

Our Iowa teams can provide a full range of solar services – from design to completion and beyond – to support installation and maintenance of residential, commercial, and agricultural solar systems, as well as additional enhancements such as battery storage.

Iowa Contact

Office Location: 5281 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE #7, Hills, IA

Hours: By Appointment Phone: 319.855.1493 Email:

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*Nelnet Renewable Energy is in no way affiliated with the state of Iowa.

The material on this website does not constitute and should not be relied on for tax, legal, investment, or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, and other professional advisors for such advice, with due consideration given to the risks of investing in renewable energy products and your own individual circumstances. The use of terms such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “target”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “continue”, “believe”, or other comparable terms are not guarantees of future performance and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Due to various risks and uncertainties, actual events or results may differ.

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