far less than solar opponents would have you believe. Here are some facts that put the amount of land use by solar farms in Linn County in perspective.
Estimate Corn Planted for Ethanol
Estimated by using Iowa Corn Growers Association percentage of corn produced for Ethanol
Combined Project Area
Combined Fenced in Area
Total Area Under Solar Panels
Not only is the land being used minimal, but it can also be returned to cropland when the solar farm is decommissioned and the panels and equipment are removed by the solar company.
Meanwhile the solar farm is generating benefits to the farmer, to Linn County through property tax payments and millions in economic development funds. And of course – clean, affordable renewable electricity.