Howard County Solar

Solar PV in Howard County

Howard County is committed to supporting alternative energy systems and technology. As part of that commitment, the county has partnered with the Howard County Energy District to assemble information on solar power. This information is provided to earn SolSmart recognition for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for our Citizens to go solar. 

Solar Panel/Array Installation

Howard County has no zoning districts and does not have a permitting or inspection process for solar. Solar installations require an electrical permit from the State of Iowa website prior to an electrical inspection. The State is responsible for electrical inspections and permitting. Installations must comply with the Iowa building code. Electrical permits may be submitted, inspections scheduled, and fees paid for online through the State of Iowa portal. The State of Iowa will complete one electrical inspection at the completion of the project. No further inspections are required.

Solar Resources

State and Federal Solar Incentives

Winneshiek Energy District: Three Steps to Go Solar

Alliant Energy Customer Solar Page

MiEnergy Cooperative Solar Member-Owned Generation

Winneshiek Energy District Renewable Energy Map

NREL’s PV Watts Calculator