Approaches to Balancing Solar Expansion and Farmland Preservation: A Comparison across Selected States

EB 2018-04, May 2018

By: Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
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Farmland Protection | Solar Energy | Food Systems

This briefing paper addresses the growing need to manage and balance conflicts of interest between farmland protection and solar energy expansion. It examines solar siting policies in seven states that experience solar energy development on agricultural land, including solar site permitting on farmland, agricultural assessment conversion penalties, and access to state incentives for solar facilities development on farmland.