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Shining a Light on Agricultural Solar Energy Development

April 10, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Chatham, MI
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In Michigan, solar energy developers are actively contacting farmers and landowners to secure land for solar energy projects. In an effort to help farmers and landowners understand the renewable energy landscape, nuances of solar leases, zoning considerations, and accompanying tax implications, MSU Extension, Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Energy Office are teaming up to host programs for farmers at various locations statewide. 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.

The programs 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 impact on PA 116

Programs sponsored by Michigan Farm Bureau and the Michigan Energy Office


April 10, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
E3774 University Dr.
Chatham, MI 49816 United States
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