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Iowans in Linn County are Supporting Solar Energy

Solar Revenue Improves Our County

The solar farm will pay $7.8 million in property taxes, over the life of the project, to Linn County. That’s revenue that can be used for:

School Improvements

Road repairs

high-speed internet

improved county services

Economic Benefits from Duane Arnold Solar:

$154 million in economic boost for THE county

Create 200 construction jobs

Attract new employers looking for access to renewable energy

$7.8 million in property taxes

Advance energy independence from homegrown solar energy that supports an all-of-the-above energy policy

Reduction in carbon emissions, helping the County to reach its carbon reduction plans

Frequently Asked Questions

Benefit to Farmers

Many farmers who lease a portion of their land to solar companies are provided with financial security.  This allows them to continue to farm the rest of their land and keep the land in their 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. 

Soil preservation

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

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.”

No taxpayer money needed

The construction of solar farms in Linn County is not funded by the government or taxpayers, but rather private companies making an investment in solar energy.  No local tax dollars will be used to build these projects

Using existing infrastructure

The Duane Arnold Solar Farm will be built on an old nuclear energy facility that still has a functioning substation and transmission lines, which means that minimal new infrastructure will be required, resulting in lower costs and less disruptions for people living near the solar farm.

Protecting the land

The developers have plans to control erosion and runoff by adding vegetation around the panels, as well as beautify the site with natural buffers.  They’ve 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 the farmer can resume crop farming, if they wish.

Don’t Let the Iowa Utilities Board Pull the Plug on Duane Arnold Solar

Let’s tell our Utility Board to support solar and secure a better future for Linn County!

Linn County has a chance to grow its economy if the Iowa Utility Board  supports the Duane Arnold Solar farm!

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