Senate File 2127 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2127 BY ZUMBACH A BILL FOR An Act relating to commercially owned solar panel field 1 installation on agricultural land. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5306XS (4) 89 es/rn
S.F. 2127 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 473.42 Agricultural land —— solar 1 panel eligibility. 2 1. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise 3 requires: 4 a. “Agricultural land” means land suitable for the use of 5 farming. 6 b. “Commercially owned solar panel field” or “solar panel 7 field” means a device or structural feature owned by a corporate 8 entity that collects solar energy by means of converting solar 9 radiation into thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy. 10 c. “Corn suitability rating” or “CSR” means the most recent 11 corn suitability rating index as determined by the Iowa state 12 university extension and outreach to rate different types of 13 soil for potential row-crop productivity. 14 2. A commercially owned solar panel field shall not be 15 installed upon agricultural land unless all of the following 16 apply: 17 a. The agricultural land has a CSR of sixty-five or lower. 18 b. The solar panel field is not less than a one-half mile 19 distance from surrounding solar panel fields. 20 c. The solar panel field is not less than one thousand two 21 hundred fifty feet from the nearest adjacent landowner. 22 EXPLANATION 23 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 24 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 25 This bill relates to commercially owned solar panel field 26 installation on agricultural land. 27 The bill defines “agricultural land” to mean land that 28 is suitable for farming. The bill defines “corn suitability 29 rating” (CSR) to mean Iowa state university extension and 30 outreach’s corn suitability rating index which determines the 31 potential for row-crop productivity for a parcel of land. The 32 bill defines “commercially owned solar panel” or “solar panel 33 field” to include corporately owned devices or structural 34 features that collect and convert solar radiation into other 35 -1- LSB 5306XS (4) 89 es/rn 1/ 2
S.F. 2127 energy. 1 The bill provides that the owner or manager of agricultural 2 land shall not install a commercially owned solar panel field 3 unless the solar panel field has a CSR of 65 or lower, the solar 4 panel field is at least one-half mile from the next solar panel 5 field, and the solar panel field is located at least 1,250 feet 6 from the nearest neighboring landowner. 7 -2- LSB 5306XS (4) 89 es/rn 2/ 2