For the past couple of years commercial solar energy developers have actively pursued farmland for either purchase or long-term lease agreements to produce large-scale commercial solar energy projects.
Improved solar technology and higher rates offered by utilities to commercial solar companies required under the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act is driving the demand for commercial solar.
The demand for placing commercial solar developments on farmland has divided the agricultural community. Some farmers are eager to work with the energy companies while others argue that it’s not a good use of productive farmland.
Additionally, this discussion has been very contentious during the planning and zoning debate with county and township planning commissions.
Contact: Matthew Kapp | 517-679-5338 or Andrew Vermeesch | 517-679-4748
MFB #44 State Energy Policy
MFB #79 Land Use