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New Project Looking at Solar Development on Agricultural Lands

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

A 22-acre solar project is seen in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on June 5, 2018. The field was designed by Cambridge Solar to meet forty percent of the electricity needs for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. (Photo by Kaitlyn Dolan/Chesapeake Bay Program)
Image of solar field in Maryland. Photo by Kaitlyn Dolan/Chesapeake Bay Program

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I am a part of a new project focused on the legal and economic issues associated with solar development on farmland for those unaware. This project is funded by USDA-NIFA under the AFRI program area and includes faculty at the University of Maryland, Cornell University, and Oklahoma State University. To learn more about the project, click here.

Although we are just in our initial research phases, the project has gotten some good press since we started back in June. The project has been featured on USDA's Newsline radio program. You can find the segment on Exploring Impacts of Solar Farms on Farmland here and Actuality: Solar Leasing on Farmland Study here.

Finally, the project also has been featured on RFD-TV recently, highlight the work that we will be doing. You can check that out here.

For those curious more about this project, feel free to reach out to me directly at

This work is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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