Additional webinar on solar energy scheduled for farmers, heavy interest in another session leads to relocating to larger venue

Rick Snyder, Governor
Anne Armstrong Cusack, Acting Director

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March 19, 2018  — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Experts to cover details of solar leases, taxes and zoning

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) today said an additional webinar to help Michigan farmers decide if a solar lease agreement on their farms is a sound decision will take place online on March 28 and 29.

In addition, a previously scheduled session in Ionia on March 21 has been moved to the MSU Horticulture Experiment Station in Clarksville to accommodate more people.

“Shining a Light on Agricultural Solar Energy Development” sessions held this month throughout Michigan have filled up quickly, demonstrating heavy interest from farmers in solar energy.

“Solar energy has become more attractive to farmers who are considering the benefits of leasing solar panels on their property,” noted Anne Armstrong Cusack, acting executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy, of which the MEO is part. “During this additional webinar, experts will explain the details of lease agreements, along with tax and zoning considerations. The Michigan Energy Office is proud to partner with MSU Extension and the Michigan Farm Bureau in making this webinar available.”

The newly scheduled webinar will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 28 and 29. It will cover the same content as the in-person sessions:

  • Context for Solar Energy Development on Michigan Farmland
  • Community Vision for Solar Energy Systems
  • Zoning Approaches for Solar Energy
  • Siting Considerations for Utility-Scale Solar
  • Integrating Solar with Existing Ag Systems
  • Understanding Solar Energy Lease Agreements
  • Taxation Guidance including Impact on PA 116

To register for the online webinar or for the relocated session in Clarksville, click here. The cost is $20.

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