Solar & Agricultural Land Use
As solar continues to expand into new markets, both rural and urban, land use discussions are likely to occur. In these discussions, it's important for participants to understand that solar in not a threat to agricultural activity, but rather a harmonious development that can assist the farming community.
- Solar can provide land with an opportunity to recover, when paired with the planting of native grasses and pollinators and be used for agricultural purposes in the future.
- Farmers can utilize solar as a steady revenue stream to help smooth out the impact of grain and produce market volatility.
- Installations of utility-scale solar continue to expand; however, they are still not a significant cause of the loss of agricultural land.