LANSING — The Michigan Energy Office, MSU Extension and Michigan Farm Bureau are teaming up to host four educational sessions on agricultural solar energy development in Michigan to help farmers understand the nuances of solar leases and zoning considerations.
In Michigan, solar energy developers are actively contacting farmers and landowners to secure land for solar energy projects resulting in questions for farmers and landowners trying to understand the nuances of solar leases, zoning considerations, and accompanying tax implications.
MSU Extension staff with lease agreement, tax, and zoning expertise will provide the educational content. Farmers who participate in the programs will leave with valuable, practical knowledge they can use to determine if a solar lease agreement is a sound decision for themselves and their community.
Meetings will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and are scheduled in West Branch, West Olive, St. Johns, and Chatham in March and April and will cover:
- Context for solar energy development on Michigan farmland
- Community vision for solar energy systems
- Zoning approaches for solar energy
- Siting considerations for utility-scale solar
- Integrating solar with existing ag systems
- Understanding solar energy lease agreements
- Taxation guidance including the impact on PA 116
Dates and Locations include:
- March 14: Quality Inn-Forward Conference Center, 2980 Cook Rd., West Branch, MI 48661
- March 19: Fillmore Government Complex – Main Conference Room, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, MI 49460
- March 28: AgroLiquid Conference Center, 2055 W M-21, St. Johns, MI 48879
- April 10: Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, E3774 University Dr., Chatham, MI 49816
Click here to register for information and registration details.