Shining a Light on Agricultural Solar Energy Development

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: GreenMark Equipment 16700 Heimbach Rd Three Rivers, MI 49093
Contact: Charles Gould of MSU Extension at 616-994-4547 or

In Michigan, solar energy developers are actively contacting farm owners in an effort to secure land for solar energy projects. The driving force behind this flurry of activity is the 7 cent per kilowatt/hour increase in the avoidance cost recently approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. This recent development, along with declining costs of solar panels and other equipment over a period of years, has improved the balance sheet for new solar energy projects in Michigan.

In an effort to help farmers 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 holding 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 Michigan Energy Office.

Cost: $20 per person. Program cost includes handouts and lunch.

Preregistration is required. Registration will not be available onsite.

Instructors: All instructors are MSU educators or specialists.


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