The Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG), a non-profit law center dedicated to providing legal services and support to family farmers and their communities, has partnered with Minnesota Farmers Union to create a new guide for wind and solar developers.
The Farmers’ Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in Minnesota is a 32-page guidebook, which is intended as a starting point for farmers who are considering large-scale solar or wind projects.
It is not a replacement for legal advice, but does provide general information on project siting, land use, permitting, tax credits and considerations, construction, equipment, O&M, and even project decommissioning.
The guide attempts to answer preliminary questions about renewable energy. As per its introduction: “For example, is wind or solar energy production appropriate for the farmer’s land, resources, and lifestyle? Does the farmer want a small wind turbine or solar system for on-farm energy use? Or, does the farmer wish to work with a developer to engage in a larger wind or solar energy project?”