Agricultural Solar Siting Resources

There is growing interest in solar energy development in Maine. Farms are exploring opportunities to generate solar power to help power on-farm energy needs. Some farms are interested in diversifying their income streams by leasing land for solar development while continuing agricultural production.

McDougal Orchard's Barn. Photo Courtesy of Revision Energy.

McDougal Orchard's Barn. Photo Courtesy of Revision Energy.

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) supports the state’s goals for reducing reliance on fossil fuels and pursuing renewable energy generation. DACF encourages that, whenever possible, commercial scale solar projects be sited on non-agricultural lands, given the finite amount of prime agricultural soils in Maine. When solar is developed on agricultural land, the DACF encourages the development of dual-use solar projects.

The DACF has compiled a robust set of resources for anyone interested in learning more about the intersection of solar power and agriculture. They range from technical guidance for developers regarding installation and decommissioning, to checklists for farmers who are considering solar development on their lands.

Solar Siting Resources

State Resources

Additional Maine Resources

Little Ridge Farm's Barn. Photo Courtesy of Revision Energy.

Little Ridge Farm.
Photo Courtesy of Revision Energy.

Dual-Use Resources

Regional Resources

Morris Farm. Photo Courtesy of ReVision.

Morris Farm. Photo Courtesy of Revision Energy.

Consumer Resources