• 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
  • 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
  • I believe Ranger Solar is capable of delivering the same successes of strengthening the economy while developing alternative energy solutions, just as the company has previously accomplished in other states such as Vermont. Ranger Solar 's proven track record will translate into a great opportunity for Connecticut residents. Approval of the Quinebaug Solar Project will deliver much needed short and long term jobs, as well as significant tax revenue to both the Towns and the State. Ranger Solar has already demonstrated throughout other parts of New England that they are capable of these impressive results.
    — Mike Alberts, State Representative, 50th District, State of Connecticut
  • Ranger Solar's team is competent, experienced, and professional. The Town of Sheldon officially supports the development of the proposed Project, so long as it is designed, constructed, and operated in a manner which meets the requirements of the state. The project will provide economic benefits to the Town and State of Vermont.
    — Gregory Stebbins, Chair, Sheldon Selectboard
  • I recently had the privilege of touring the Sanford Airport site proposed for Ranger Solar’s 50 megawatt solar farm. It is clear to me that Ranger's team has done its due diligence, continues to solicit input from the community and airport users, and is precisely the type of renewable development Maine is seeking to attract.  As the Senate Chair of the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee, I hear from many energy developers; I have been impressed with Maine-based Ranger's approach. Ranger Solar knows our communities are looking for the next industry to welcome to town, and given my work in the Legislature, I'm happy to learn that solar continues to look favorably at Maine and my district in particular. 
    — Senator David Woodsome, Senate of Maine
  • The Town of Ludlow Select Board finds that the project is consistent with stated goals of the State of Vermont to promote cost effective renewable energy sources. The proposed project will provide a positive economic benefit to the taxpayers of the Town Ludlow.
    — Frank Heald, Municipal Manager, Ludlow, Vermont
  • The Project furthers New Hampshire's statutory goals to diversify the regional electric grid, reduce regional dependence of fossil fuels, lower and stabilize future energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants to improve air quality and public health, and mitigate the risks of climate change.
    — Wayne Gallagher, Chairman, Hinsdale Board of Selectman

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.