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.
A ban on solar would deny farmers the right to use their land as they see fit.
Sullivan County is considering regulations that would deny farmers and landowners the option to lease a part of their land for solar project development.
Denying them this opportunity violates their property rights – the right they have as American landowners to decide for themselves the best way to use their land to support their families.
The regulations being considered have requirements that make solar unworkable for developers in Sullivan County.
The construction of solar projects is not funded by the government or taxpayers, but rather by private companies making an investment in solar energy. No local tax dollars will be used to build these projects.
Solar farms temporarily use just a fraction of total farmland in a county – but provide benefits to everyone.
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Hoosier Farmers Should be Able to Do What They Want With Their Land
A New Kind of Crop
Local Benefits of Solar
81% 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.
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:
-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."