Iowa’s clean energy jobs total 30,418, up 7 percent since 2015, the Clean Energy Trust reported. 

Gov. Kim Reynolds said the report is more evidence of Iowa leading the Midwest in wind energy and ranking among the nation’s leaders. “It’s no surprise Iowa leads the region in wind energy jobs,” Reynolds said in a statement. “But the report also found that job growth across many sectors (including renewable energy and fuels, advanced grid, energy efficiency and advanced transportation) is happening 12 times faster than all other jobs in the state.

“Iowa’s renewable energy leadership is crucial to recruiting companies, including Apple’s recent data center announcement. In turn, we see more job growth in these sectors,” Reynolds added. The analysis is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a survey of thousands of businesses by BW Research Partners. 

"The Midwest has witnessed declining manufacturing employment over the years, and this report highlights the important role of clean energy jobs in filling the gap for the region's workforce,” Erik Birkerts, CEO of Clean Energy Trust, said in a statement. "We're optimistic that this growth engine can continue unabated as the Midwest continues to prove it is a fertile region for clean energy innovation, enabling businesses to launch, grow and create jobs."