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Farmland and Commercial Solar Development

On-site energy production can support farm viability and reduce energy costs, but we also want to ensure that solar development in the state does not result in the loss of important soils or impede farmers’ ability to access the land they need now and in the future.

Recent Maine legislation encourages an increase in solar development.  Solar developers are racing to secure potential sites for solar installations, including on undeveloped agricultural land.  Developers are approaching farmers and offering payments for signing “option agreements” that give the developer the right to enter into a lease agreement with the landowner, and secure access to a farmer’s land.  

MFT supports solar and renewable energy production on farms as long as it does not significantly diminish the potential for agriculture. On-site energy production can support farm viability and reduce energy costs, but we also want to ensure that solar development in the state does not result in the loss of important soils or impede farmers’ ability to access the land they need now and in the future. MFT also believes it is important for farmers to have access to the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their land.

Farmers and farmland owners: Read this information sheet for a list of issues and considerations for landowners considering leasing land for solar development, or evaluating option and lease agreements.

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