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Linn County Sets New Date for Public Hearing on Solar Project Near Palo

Linn County has set a new date for the public hearing on a solar project near Palo.

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. Next Era Energy is proposing the solar farm that would cover over 11-hundred acres, along with a battery storage facility.

Linn County had to postpone their public hearing on Monday night – minutes before it started – after realizing the meeting was not publicly published properly. 

The public hearing will now be held next Monday, August 29th at 6 pm at the Palo Community Center. The County Board of Supervisors will consider the second and third readings on August 30th and September 6th – also at 6 pm at the community center in Palo. 

Virtual attendance options for the meetings will be posted on Linn County’s website and social media pages as soon as they are available.

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.

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