You plant it once, but it can harvest energy and money for years - and that money can fund better internet, our schools and more benefits for all of us.

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A private property choice for farmers
An economic benefit for Grant County

Solar Farms:

Solar Farms are just another way for farmers to earn a living from the land and diversify their income, letting the land used for solar rest and recover.

Because of payments from solar projects, many rural communities will be able to fund schools, first responders, community centers and highspeed internet.

Solar energy projects will help to lower carbon emissions in Indiana.  Solar energy is better for the environment than other traditional sources of energy development.

 

Farmer Benefits

  • 78% of Hoosiers agree that farmers have the right to choose what they want to do with their land, including develop renewable energy.

  • Only a small portion of farmland in a county is used for solar projects, while providing million of dollars in benefits to the county.

  • Farmers can let their land used for solar rest and recover, so it can be returned to crop farming when the solar panels are removed.

  • The solar companies are responsible for removing the panels at the end of the lease.

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Community Benefits

  • Solar farms are investments from private companies that pay millions to our communities with property taxes.

  • To date, the renewable energy industry has delivered significant benefits to Hoosier communities, including:

    • $7 billion in capital investments

    • $37 million in annual tax revenue for rural communities

    • $20 million in annual payments to Hoosier landowners

  • Revenue from solar farms can be used for:

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Environmental Benefits

  • Solar energy projects will help lower carbon emissions in Indiana. 

  • Solar energy is better for the environment than other traditional sources of energy development.

  • From cradle to grave, coal-fired electricity releases about 20 times more GHGs per kilowatt-hour than solar, wind, and nuclear electricity (based on median estimates for each technology).

  • Advancements in technology, like battery storage, are making it possible for energy from the wind and sun to be banked until needed. 

  • Solar energy is becoming more efficient and capable of producing more energy than before, thanks to advancements in technology. 

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-Ceann Bales, Executive Director Randolph Community and Economic Development Corporation

"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."