Document Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date

Spring 2018


solar, solar farming, solar energy, agricultural policy


Agriculture | Environmental Studies | Food Studies | Life Sciences


With farmers today facing economic hardship, many are looking for alternative sources of income. A recent trend has farmers considering turning their agriculture fields into solar farms. While there is a global push for more renewal energy, using agricultural lands to accomplish this goal is being widely debated. The opposition argues that the solar farms may come with unintended consequences including economic, environmental and even social problems (Tromans and Jackson, 2015). One of the most pressing questions is who, if anyone, should regulate the development of solar farms. Currently, there is no legislation in Maine regulating the installation of solar farms on agricultural lands.