Solar Leasing: A Guide for the Pacific Northwest - American Farmland Trust

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Solar Leasing: A Guide for the Pacific Northwest

Resources for Agricultural Landowners in the Pacific Northwest

Solar development is on the rise in the PNW, as Washington and Oregon take steps to reach ambitious clean energy goals. Agricultural land is often seen as a prime location for solar development, as it is typically undeveloped, flat, treeless, and close to transmission infrastructure. While solar leases can be a new source of income for agricultural landowners, they can also carry significant risks and last upwards of 30 years. Our guidebook provides agricultural landowners with the tools and skills to make informed decisions, and to better anticipate production losses and avoid costly legal conflicts.

Solar Leasing: A Guidebook for Agricultural Landowners

Solar Leasing: A Guide for Agricultural Landowners in the Pacific Northwest was written in collaboration with Farm Commons, a nonprofit specializing in legal advice for farmers and ranchers. Divided into three sections, the guide walks landowners through the process of I) Gathering Information, II) Making a Decision, and III) Negotiating the Solar Lease. Additional support for the guide specific to agrivoltaics was provided by Oregon State University’s Nexus of Energy, Water and Agriculture Laboratory.

Solar Leasing Workshops

AFT’s Pacific Northwest team is offering a series of workshops to walk attendees through the guidebook, highlighting key areas and offering an interactive Q&A. The workshops are geared toward agricultural landowners in the Pacific Northwest, but all are welcome to attend. This is not a series; all workshops are the same. Choose one and register by clicking on the date.

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