More than 200 scientists from Iowa colleges and universities signed the 2023 Iowa Climate Statement. This year’s statement focused on Iowa’s potential to tap solar energy resources.
“A one-acre solar farm produces as much energy as approximately 100 acres of ethanol from corn,” said Peter Thorne, University of Iowa professor of occupational and environmental health, at a press conference. “So solar could produce as much energy in Iowa as wind does today, leading Iowa to close in on that 100% renewables benchmark that we want to achieve.”
This is the 13th annual Iowa Climate Statement.
Read the full Iowa Climate Statement 2023: It’s Time to Tap Iowa’s Vast Solar Energy Resources (PDF)
Iowa scientists call for increased solar power production (Iowa Capital Dispatch)
Iowa climate experts push for more solar energy (Daily Iowan)