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Public Hearing on Linn County Solar Project Postponed

A public hearing on a solar project in Linn County was postponed Monday night.

County officials are rescheduling votes on zoning changes that would allow construction of a large-scale solar farm around the decommissioned nuclear power plant near Palo. 

Charlie Nichols, Linn County’s planning and development director, told the crowd gathered for a public hearing Monday night that the county had failed to provide proper notice of the hearing. 

The Iowa Utilities Board has indicated it will provide permits for the solar project — if local officials approve zoning changes. Linn County’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved those adjustments earlier this month. 

NextEra Energy has proposed a solar farm that would cover over 11-hundred acres and a battery storage facility near Palo.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa

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