March 25, 2022
On-site energy production can provide economic support to a farm, reduce the farm’s energy costs, and is important for addressing climate change. But making sure we have the land base to support a robust local and regional food system – and food security in Maine – is also critical. Solar development in the state should not result in the loss of important agricultural soils, displace agricultural production, or impede the ability of farmers to access the land they need for their agricultural operations. Solar generation and agriculture can co-exist symbiotically in Maine as long as solar siting is structured to balance these important interests.
LD 856 as amended would advance key recommendations from the Agricultural Solar Siting Stakeholder Group that incentivize the siting of energy projects that minimize impacts to important agricultural resources. These recommendations would:
On March 8, 2022, the Maine Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted to approve LD 856 as amended by a vote of 11 to 1. Now we must make sure that the full Legislature votes in favor of the bill. Contact your legislators and tell them to vote for LD 856 and for balanced solar siting in Maine.