The third and final public meeting for the Coggon solar project is being held tonight.
Last year, Central Iowa Power Cooperative announced plans to build a large solar farm on private land near Coggon. The farm will provide 100 more megawatts of power to CIPCO members. The project is also expected to contribute several million dollars in property tax revenue to Linn County over the life of the generating facility and is projected to create 350 construction jobs at its peak, many of which will be from local labor.
All utility-scale solar projects in Linn County require an application to rezone the area to be used for the solar installation to Renewable Energy Overlay Zoning District. The rezoning application must undergo a review by the Technical Review Committee, the Planning & Zoning Commission and three readings by the Board of Supervisors. The committee and commission met in November – so the Board of Supervisors meetings are the next and final step in the review process.
Two public meetings were held last week, with the final one set for tonight starting at 6 pm at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City. You can attend in-person or virtually through the Linn County website at LinnCountyIowa.gov. Videos of the Board of Supervisors Public Hearing and first and second considerations of the Coggon Solar LLC application for rezoning are now available on the website as well.