Solar will Help
Howard County Grow

Millions of dollars in benefits from less than 3% of county farmland (current proposed projects combined)

Rural economic development experts from across the state support new solar projects.

They create local jobs, make investments directly into our rural communities and help protect our agricultural heritage and preserve farmland.

One potential project in Howard County, the Emerald Green Solar Project, will deliver big investment and economic growth to the county:

  • More than $150 million in investment

  • $30 million of additional property tax payments.  Money that can be used to: ​

    • Provide broadband internet

    • Support first responders

    • Invest in schools

Rural economic development experts from across the state support new solar projects.
 
They create local jobs, make investments directly into our rural communities and help protect our agricultural heritage and preserve farmland.

Because of payments made from solar and other renewable energy projects, some rural communities are able to provide highspeed internet access in places where there is none today.  This high speed access is vital as schools and businesses increasingly rely heavily on remote learning and work from home.

Farmer Bill Schroeder on the benefits a renewable energy project brought to his community.