Committee Considers Solar Power Impact on Agriculture

The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee held a public hearing today (September 21) to receive testimony on utility scale solar development and agricultural land, according to Committee Chairman Senator Elder Vogel.

“While recognizing the importance of renewable energy and the potential for supplemental income for family farms and other agricultural operations, we must also weigh against the potential of losing one of our  most valuable and vital resources,” said Senator Vogel said in opening the hearing.

The hearing focused on three main topics: agricultural land preservation and protection; leasing practices; and co-location of agricultural production and utility scale solar development. 

CONTACT:               Cara Laudenslager                  claudenslager@pasen.gov

Click here for video of the hearing.