The future of solar is being decided right now in Linn County

Every voice counts in the fight for clean energy 

4,000+ Iowans in Linn County are supporting solar energy

Iowa is behind in solar

We are one of the top producers of electricity from wind energy, but among the last in solar. 

Climate emergencies

Linn County leaders have declared climate emergencies – but we need action. Approving solar farms in the county is a real step towards creating clean energy.

Solar energy potential

The Coggon Solar Farm will power 18,000 homes, including locally through the Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative.

New Local Revenue

The Coggan Solar Farm will pay Linn County $4.75 million in property taxes over the life of the project. That’s money that can be used to improve County services and infrastructure, including schools, roads, highspeed internet, or funding for first responders.

Linn County can take real action to address climate change – by approving two new solar farms

Renewables are expected to grow by 50% nationally over the next 30 years, but only if local projects, like the Duane Arnold Solar farm and Coggon Solar farm here in Linn County, are approved.

Coggon solar farm - THE FACTS

Power 18,000 Iowa Homes with clean energy

Provide reliable income for farmers

Create 21st century jobs

Reduce Greenhouse Gas

Invest $150 million

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Percentage of farmland used

Both 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.

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

Let’s tell our local elected officials to support the future of clean solar energy in our county!

Linn County can only lead in solar energy and the fight for our climate if the Linn County Board of Supervisors support the Duane Arnold Solar and Coggon Solar farms!

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