• As renewable energy initiatives continually restructure the global marketplace toward sustainability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, I believe that Nebraska must take part in this movement and play a bigger role in advanced energy generation. Ranger Power's operations should be welcomed in our state for this reason, as the firm has an extensive track record in developing successful solar projects; all the while, Ranger Power is consistently known for taking a respectful and transparent approach in working with local communities and responding to their unique questions and concerns -Ranger Power's work on the Salt Creek Project thus far is a testament to their sterling reputation.
    — Anna Wishart, State Senator, District 27, State of Nebraska
  • Ranger Power is a large economic boost for Shelby County. It not only adds to our tax base, but it continues to diversify our industry mix outside of existing automotive manufacturing.
    — Brian Asher, Executive Director of Shelby County Development Corp.
  • Today's announcement shows that solar power has become a cost-effective resource for Wisconsin's major power providers such as Dairyland Power. By committing to this solar project which will be built right here in Wisconsin, Dairyland will meet its goals of a safe, reliable, affordable, and increasingly sustainable and diversified energy supply. We congratulate Dairyland Power Cooperative and Ranger Power on this historic announcement!
    — Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin
  • At a time when the agricultural economy faces uncertainty with tariffs, low commodity prices and disruption in traditional markets, solar energy provides steady income for farmers while allowing them to maintain their farming heritage and land ownership. Solar energy is like harvesting the sun for energy, and is really no different than planting and harvesting traditional crops. Solar panels do not take land out of agricultural production forever, and once a solar project no longer produces energy, the panels can be removed and the land returns to use for growing crops.
    — James E. Byrum, President, Michigan Agri-Business Association
  • The proposed solar electricity generation project in northeast Shiawassee County will put the county on the map with Michigan’s largest solar array, bringing tremendous benefits to the community and Michigan. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MICEF) promotes energy policy from a conservative perspective and we believe this project is a winner for several reasons.
    — Edward Rivet, Executive Director, Michigan Conservative Energy Forum
  • We have been pleased with the open and proactive communications the company has displayed through the development process to date. This experience leads us to believe that the company will be a responsible and welcomed member of the Shiawassee County business community
    — Justin Horvath, President/CEO, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
  • Ranger Power has an extensive track record of developing successful solar projects. While developing Big River, the company has taken a respectful and transparent approach to working with the local community and responding to questions and concerns.
    — Dale A. Righer, State Senator, 55th District, State of Illinois
  • Prairie State Solar will boost the local economy, be a significant step toward meeting Illinois' renewable energy goals, create job growth, both short and long term, generate tax revenue, and provide revenue for farmers as well.
    — Paul M. Schimpf, State Senator, 58th District, State of Illinois
  • Prairie State Solar represents a major investment in Perry County which will boost the local economy and make the county home to a major new source of advanced, clean energy. Prairie State Solar will also be a significant step toward meeting Illinois' renewable energy goals. Ranger Power's extensive track record in solar development gives me full confidence the project will be of the highest quality.
    — Terri Bryant, State Representative, 115th District, State of Illinois

Solar Farms Are a Great Match for Agricultural Communities


The solar industry has experienced incredible growth in recent years, creating thousands of jobs across the country and contributing millions of dollars in new tax revenue and investment within local communities.  Solar can be sited on private property close to energy demand, minimizing the amount of costly transmission infrastructure that must be built to supply clean power to populated areas. 

Solar projects can be located alongside many existing land uses, including: commercial and manufacturing sites, landfills, airports, managed timberland, and agriculture land.  When agricultural land hosts a solar farm, local farmers reap benefits from the stable income diversification. Combining traditional agricultural production with the stable solar lease payments makes farms more resilient to shifts in the market price and yield of agricultural products. Solar farms also help protect and preserve agricultural land for the future farming generations.  


Utility-scale solar sites undergo rigorous environmental, cultural resource, power grid, and other analyses to ensure proper siting. These siting criteria greatly limit the farmland that is appropriate for solar development.

When the project reaches decommissioning, all equipment is removed and the land will be restored to its condition prior to the construction of the solar farm including the replacement of prime soils and topsoil. Ranger develops a custom landscaping plan for each of our solar projects while working collaboratively with local farm bureaus and commissions to establish soil management plans to ensure minimal impact on agricultural soils.

Only a portion of land is taken up by solar panels within a solar farm. This creates several dual land use opportunities. Livestock grazing, re-introducing native pollinators, and increasing overall biodiversity, are just a few of the many opportunities involved in diversifying land use while enhancing overall productivity.

Ranger Power engages with community stakeholders early in the development process to ensure that our projects reflect the goals and values of the host community. We incorporate community input into our project design, leading to many unique project characteristics, including: prime agricultural soil decommissioning plans developed in collaboration with local farm bureaus and commissions, inclusion of wildlife corridors through our project site to ensure that sensitive habitats are preserved and even strengthened during the project lifespan, and preservation of areas used for outdoor recreation.

The power from projects is being injected to the regional electricity grid. This will help meet renewable energy requirements and have a direct positive effect on all ratepayers by offering in-state, cost effective, and reliable clean energy.


Our approach has led to support from many municipal governments and elected representatives who appreciate our focus on local engagement. The American Farm Bureau Federation understands the unique value renewable energy delivers to rural communities.
The Federation supports solar because of the economic, environmental, and national security benefits derived from
renewable energy development.