Agricultural Solar Stakeholder Group

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About the Stakeholder Group

In 2019, Maine law changed to encourage solar development. Solar developers are actively working to secure potential sites for solar installations, including agricultural land. Recent reports from other New England states suggest that much of the land used will be previously undeveloped farmland and forestland.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) and the Governor's Energy Office (GEO) are convening a stakeholder group to examine the impact of solar energy development on agricultural lands, and develop a set of recommendations to protect Maine’s agricultural and other natural resources while ensuring continued solar energy development to support the state’s climate and clean energy goals.

The group will meet monthly throughout the summer and autumn of 2021 and will present a report with potential policy and other recommendations to the legislature in January 2022.

Stakeholders

Organization Representative
City of HallowelllPatrick Wynne
Town of Rumford George O'Keefe
Spring Creek Farm Nick Armentrout
The Milkhouse Andy Smith
Balfour Farm Heather Donahue
BlueWave Kaitlin Hollinger
ReVision Energy Fortunat Mueller
Longroad Energy Matt Kearns
Maine Renewable Energy Association Jeremy Payne
Maine Farmland Trust Ellen Griswold
American Farmland Trust Emily Cole
Maine Audubon Sarah Haggerty
Maine Farm Bureau Julie Ann Smith
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Nancy McBrady
Governor's Energy Office Celina Cunningham

The stakeholder group will also solicit relevant information from additional subject matter experts. DACF and GEO will co-chair and provide staff support.

Public Meetings

Date and Time Location Additional Information
September 23, 2021 9:00 AM Online Meeting - Zoom

Registration is required to observe meeting. Register for Meeting

October 21, 2021 9:00 AM Online Meeting - Zoom

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November 18, 2021 9:00 AM Online Meeting - Zoom

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December 16, 2021 9:00 AM Online Meeting - Zoom

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Upcoming and Previous Stakeholder Meetings and Documents

Visit the Governor's Energy Office for upcoming and previous meeting's:

  • Meeting agendas and supplemental documents
  • Meeting recordings
  • Meeting minutes