74% of Linn County voters agree farmers should not be told by the government what to do with their land - they have the right to use their land how they choose, including to develop solar energy projects.

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

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4000+ Iowans in Linn County are supporting solar energy

Why Farmers Might Decide to Lease Land to Solar Farms

Reliable source of income for decades

Income secure from bad weather or drought

Diversify their income

Today Iowa’s farmers decide to grow crops for a variety of purposes, including corn for ethanol and soybeans for soybean oil, to replace machine grease. Solar farming is another option.

No farmland lost

Solar companies must return the land to its original state at the end of the project. Farmland owners can return their land to crop farming after decommissioning if they choose.

Iowans Support Solar

Solar farms provide clean, affordable energy, bring millions in private economic investment to the area and help attract new business

The proposed Duane Arnold Solar Farm


The solar farm would be developed on land voluntarily and temporarily leased by the owner.


The solar farm would have a footprint of .37% of total farmland in Linn County and less than .0004% of all Iowa farmland.


Energy from the Duane Arnold Solar Farm would go to Alliant Energy and power Iowa homes.


The solar company is responsible for decommissioning and returning the land to the same or better condition when the solar project is complete.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Percentage of farmland used

Both proposed Linn County solar projects 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.

Corn or Solar – Let the farmer decide what’s best for their land.

Voluntary placement of solar panels is another way farmers can earn a living from their own land, if that’s what they want.

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