September 13, 2023 at 9 a.m.
Recent years have seen a rapid expansion of solar energy development, particularly east of the Cascades. American Farmland Trust (AFT) anticipates that by 2050, up to 80% of this solar energy development could occur on farm and ranchland. As a result, solar has become a controversial topic in our rural communities, with many divided on when and where solar should be allowed.
Against this backdrop, one thing remains clear: farmers, ranchers, and agricultural landowners are on the front lines when it comes solar energy development in our state. If and when they are approached by solar developers, landowners need access to unbiased resources, information, and support to help them make the best decisions for their families and their land. Conservation professionals are often relied upon to support landowners in evaluating their options and making tough decisions. With these needs in mind, AFT recently released “Solar Leasing: A Guide for Agricultural Landowners in the Pacific Northwest.”