Iowans Support Renewable Energy!

Renewables provide clean, affordable energy, bring millions in private economic investment to Iowa, helping local economies and farmers, while bringing in new businesses and jobs.  

Renewables are improving lives in Iowa

Private Investment

$23 billion invested in Iowa from wind, solar and battery storage. Source: American Clean Power

Money for Schools, Roads, First Responders

$58.8 million in property, state and local taxes paid in 2022 by clean energy.

Jobs

8,961 jobs supported on average from wind energy investment and construction.

3,238 jobs supported each year through 2025 from solar investment and construction.

Companies Expand or Locate in Iowa

Apple in Waukee, Iowa

10,000 Apple supported jobs before an expansion which will add about 550 local jobs.

Sources: Daily Iowan, Apple, WeAreIowa

Google in Council Bluffs, Iowa

More than 900 jobs created through on-site data centers.

Source:  Google

Facebook in Altoona, Iowa

300 people employed Source:  Des Moines Register

Wind energy production in Iowa has led to the construction of 10 wind turbine manufacturing plants in the state.Source:  Des Moines Register

Support for Farmers

$70.2 million in land lease payments to Iowa landowners in 2022.

Private Investment

$25 billion invested in Iowa from wind, solar and battery storage.

Money for Schools, Roads, First Responders

$62.5 million annually in property, state and local taxes paid in 2022 by clean energy.

Jobs

8,961 jobs supported on average from wind energy investment and construction.

3,238 jobs supported each year through 2025 from solar investment and construction.

Support for Farmers

$74.6 million in land lease payments to Iowa landowners in 2022.

Companies Expand or Locate in Iowa

Apple in Waukee, Iowa

10,000 Apple supported jobs before an expansion which will add about 550 local jobs.

Google in Council Bluffs, Iowa

More than 900 jobs created through on-site data centers.

Source:  Google

Facebook in Altoona, Iowa

300 people employed. 

Wind energy production in Iowa has led to the construction of 10 wind turbine manufacturing plants in the state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Percentage of farmland used

Both Duane Arnold Solar and the Coggon Solar farms, combined, would use less than 1% of Linn County farmland. That farmland is voluntarily leased to the projects by farmers, who are best suited to decide what is best for their land and families. 

Solar panels are solid

Solar panels are solid and sealed and cannot be penetrated by rainwater. In the same way the screens on the smartphones we carry with us all the time do not leak, solar panels do not leach. 

Removal of solar panels

At the end of the project the companies must remove all the panels and equipment and return the land to its original state. 

Solar panels are safe for the enviroment

As the Sierra Club states: Solar power “has no carbon emissions and NO other harmful toxic emissions, including mercury, lead and cadmium.”

Soil preservation

Proper soil management during the project contributes to agricultural sustainability. Farmers can resume planting crops after decommissioning if they choose.

Solar energy generated will power local homes

Power from both proposed Linn County solar farms will help power local Linn County residents. Coggon solar farm will flow to the Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative, and power from the Duane Arnold solar farm will serve Alliant customers in Iowa.

Protecting the land

Solar developers make plans to control erosion and runoff by adding vegetation around the panels, as well as beautify the site with natural buffers.  They also set aside money to restore the land to the same or better condition it was in before, after the solar farm lease ends, so farmers can resume crop farming, if they wish.

Wind Turbines and Wildlife

According to the Clean Energy Association: “Wind power is far less harmful to wildlife than traditional energy sources it displaces, including to birds and their critical habitats. Overall, wind causes less than 0.01% of all human-related bird deaths. Other causes include buildings (550 million), power lines (130 million), cars (80 million), pesticide poisoning, (67 million), and radio and cell towers (6.8 million).”

Wind Turbines do not Add to Warming in the U.S.

Some opponents of renewable energy use a misrepresentation 2018 Harvard study to make false claims that wind turbines cause warming. The study has been found to have problems with the models and assumptions used. Yet even taking the study at face-value, it merely states that wind turbines move existing warm air around, just like a window fan in your home. And the study itself says: “Wind beats fossil fuels under any reasonable measure of long-term environmental impacts per unit of energy generated.”

In Iowa, wind energy has helped reduce more than 36 million metric tons of CO2 emitted into our air, provide 8,000+ jobs per year on average and millions of dollars of reliable income for our farmers. Learn more facts about the advantages to wind power in Iowa here: https://brightfutureiowa.com/wind-power-facts/

Our mission

Iowans are already benefiting from reliable, affordable and clean renewable energy, and we lead the nation in wind power. As solar energy generation grows in Iowa, the benefits of renewable energy can be shared by greater numbers of Iowans.

At Bright Future Iowa, we will help more Iowans understand the benefits these projects provide to our state, our communities and our farmers. Renewable energy is a safe source of revenue and economic growth.

 

A note from our chairman

Swati Dandekar
I’ve dedicated my life to service and helping the people of Iowa. From my early days as a school board member to my time as a Linn County area State Senator, I’ve always believed in the importance of a diverse, affordable, and clean energy system that supports Iowans.
Swati Dandekar
Chairman of Bright Future Iowa

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