Preserving & Protecting Farmland
Farmers harness the sun’s energy and turn it into products with economic value – often in the form of food for people and livestock. Solar farms are a modern version of this proud tradition, with the added benefit of not requiring water or being at risk from drought or other extreme weather events.
Farmers are dedicated to protecting and improving their land, and solar can help with that, too. Not only do solar projects have very little physical impact on land – primarily limited to the installation of underground cabling and holes to support the racks for the panels – both of these impacts are easily reversed if and when the project is decommissioned, making it easy to return the land to agriculture if desired. Importantly, hosting a solar project gives the land a chance to rest and restore soil quality, and the presence of stable vegetation can help reduce runoff and improve local water quality.
Hosting solar panels on a portion of their land generates a steady, reliable flow of revenue that can help farmers stay in business, preserving their way of life and the character of the community.