Linn Clean Energy District News

Linn County Climate Action Survey

Linn County is asking for your views on climate change and climate action. The survey will help guide Linn County as it works toward resilience and sustainability. The survey closes April 2, 2021

Local governments could save $375 million with average solar installations

If every Iowa county seat, school district and county government installed an average solar energy system, taxpayers would save $375 million over the life of the equipment, Auditor Rob Sand noted in a new report. Read more here.

Iowa Solar Tax Credit Expansion

Iowa House File 221 is currently under consideration by the Iowa Legislature

Beginning 1/1/2021 until 12/31/2030 the solar tax credit will be 15% of the gross cost of a solar installation, subject to a maximum of $5,000 for residential and $20,000 for commercial installations.  Excess tax credit can be carried forward for 10 years or until depleted, whichever comes first.  Total tax credits granted each year are capped at $10 million.  This Iowa solar tax credit, if passed, would no longer be tied to the federal solar tax credit.  It would stand alone.  $7 million in tax credits will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list for tax credits from prior years, as the program has been oversubscribed.  Tax credits are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  The law expires 1/1/2041 to allow 10 years for applicants to claim tax credits approved for 2030 installations.

Grow Solar is a group purchasing program for solar. Offered by Linn County,  Johnson County, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Homeowners, business owners, and farm owners throughout Linn and Johnson Counties in Iowa, may participate in this program to pool their buying power and secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable.

The program will launch in Spring of 2021.