Requests by customers for interconnected distributed generation (DG) facilities are on the rise in Iowa. The trend, fueled in large part by deep declines in the cost of solar PV, is likely to continue.
Nationally, as of October 2014 there were 6.4 gigawatts of DG capacity installed in the U.S. This expected to grow to 9 GW by 2016 and 20 GW in 2020. Much of this dramatic growth has been the significant decrease in the cost of solar PV combined with federal, state, and utility incentives. Since 2008, the installed cost of solar has decreased by 70%. In Iowa the DG solar PV capacity had grown from just 105 kW in 2008 to 7295 kW by the end of 2013.