What is the impact of solar farms on farmland?

Using our land for solar farms does not negatively affect soil productivity and resting the land from production promotes sustainability in the long run, through select plantings under the panels and minimal commercial fertilizer applications.

What happens in the case of a tornado or other severe weather?

The panels are enclosed in tempered glass like your cell phone and are designed not to shatter. When it breaks the cracks spiderweb across, but because of the tempering it generally remains enclosed in the frame. Further, the solar farm, like any construction, will have to meet all applicable state and local building codes. In the case of snow or ice, the panels are designed to absorb sunlight, so the snow or ice usually melts away quickly. When needed, the solar company will remove the snow or ice.

Where does the power go?

The revenue and new tax benefits go directly to the county and benefit Hoosiers living there – whether the power stays local or not. A farmer and their local community benefit when they sell their crops to buyers outside the county. It’s the same for energy. A local solar farm puts money into the local community even if the light bulb it turns on is somewhere else.

Are solar panels safe?

Solar panel materials are enclosed and don’t mix with water or vaporize into the air, meaning there is no threat of chemicals being released into the environment during normal use. In addition, the panels are manufactured to endure all weather conditions and are sealed shut to further ensure public safety.

What will happen to property values?

Experience in Indiana shows that property values do not decline from renewable energy projects. In fact, in a report prepared by the Benton County Assessor after more than a decade of renewable energy projects there, the Assessor wrote: “In my opinion, based on the information gathered and sale prices of homes in the past couple of years, I cannot see a negative impact on the home values of the county’s economic growth.”

Can solar panels be recycled?

According to the Center for Energy Education, Solar power is essentially carbon-free. As the solar industry matures and the first projects reach their end of useful life, the solar industry is working closely with recyclers across the United States to establish comprehensive recycling programs that ensure re-use of as much material and equipment as feasible. A PV panel has a life cycle of 20-30 years. Throughout its lifetime, the panel capacity does not diminish, meaning panels installed in the early 1980s still perform at its original capacity. Even at the end of its life cycle, 90-95% of a PV panel is recyclable. The waste from retiring a PV panel is substantially less than what may be expected.

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