Thoughtful state solar siting policies help build the renewable energy infrastructure we need for the future, while protecting valuable farmland and improving farm sustainability. Competition between two beneficial land uses, agriculture and solar development, delays the siting of needed renewable energy resources and can threaten prime farmland and food systems. Without land use protections built into state permitting and approval processes, rapid solar development is likely to occur on agricultural land, as it generally provides easy conditions for construction and operation of a solar array: flat, sunny, large parcels. The New England states have adopted several state-level policies to help balance solar development and agriculture.
New England Farmland Solar Policy Brief
Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust
August 01, 2020
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