Solar Farms for Our Rural Communities
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Solar farms offer Hoosier communities a chance to diversify and grow their local economies.
Our rural communities need a strong tax base so they can provide the needed services for their residents.
That strong tax base comes from private company investment of millions of dollars in nearby communities.
Farmers receive a sustainable income that is not dependent on weather, federal trade policies or global grain prices.
Temporarily leasing land for solar panels is a sustainable farming practice. Using the land in a manner that preserves the soil quality with select plantings and minimal commercial fertilizer applications have positive effects that allow a solar project to restore the soil for future agricultural uses.
81% of Hoosiers agree that farmers have the right to choose what they want to do with their land, including develop renewable energy.
"What’s going to keep rural America alive? How economically are you going to do that? Renewable energy is on every list. That’s really going to give the resources, the financial resources, to help a community thrive."
- Ceann Bales, Executive Director Randolph Community and Economic Development Corporation
Examples of how renewable energy projects have helped rural communities:
White County has received more than $11 million from wind projects to date - and has more on the way.
Randolph County was able to upgrade their school facilities from they received.
Both Randolph and Benton Counties expanded access to highspeed internet.
Renewables and Rural Quality of Life
We've been talking to local leaders and Hoosier residents about the improvements local solar and wind farms have made in their communities. Hear what they have to say in these short videos.
Indiana in the Midst of Historic Energy Transition
According to a new study authored by Ball State University economist Dr. Michael Hicks, Indiana is in the midst of a history-making shift in fuel used to generate electricity, in large part driven by falling cost of renewables. Electricity generation from wind and solar renewable energy sources is now lower than the cost of natural gas or coal, according to the landmark study that looks at the economic effects of the changing energy mix in Indiana.
The projected economic benefits of a single50-megawatt wind or solar project in a representative Indiana county
More from Hoosiers on Solar Benefits
Access to Broadband
"Investments from renewable energy are actually bringing us reliable high-speed broadband, among other benefits. We couldn’t have afforded any of it if we hadn’t embraced renewable energy."
- Paul Jackson, Director of Economic Development in Benton County
Funding for Rural Schools
"Renewables provide a tax base for our schools. It is a huge win-win. You can use the money from renewables for technology, for bus repairs and HVAC repairs. That frees up the cash for the teachers out of the general budget."
- Tom McKinney
Tipton County Farmer