University of Maryland Extension

Landowners Need to do Background Research Before Entering Into a Solar Energy Lease

Ashley Ellixson and Paul Goeringer

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This post is not legal advice

            Solar energy developers have begun approaching farmers and other landowners in the Mid-Atlantic region to lease land for large-scale solar energy projects.  These projects typically require, on average, 7 acres to produce a megawatt of electricity, depending on equipment.  Because of the amount of land required, farmland and open space are ideal for these solar projects.  Current low commodity prices may make lease offers from solar developers attractive to many farmers and landlords.

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