Huge solar farm planned for decommissioned Duane Arnold nuclear plant site
BPC Staff Mar 18, 2021 | 4:09 pm
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Cedar Rapids Gazette: For more than four decades, the name of former Cedar Rapids utility executive Duane Arnold has been synonymous with nuclear power in Iowa. Now it could have a new connotation: a massive solar energy project planned for 2023 near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center. Owner NextEra Energy of Florida this week laid out plans to build a solar farm that could bring in a $700 million capital investment and about 300 construction jobs. The solar farm is planned across 3,500 acres at and near the now-decommissioned nuclear plant in Palo. It is expected to produce up to 690 megawatts of solar energy — even more than the single-unit nuclear plant generated.