Many farmers have come to us over the past few years wondering how they should approach developments of large-scale wind and solar energy systems on their farmland. There’s a lot to consider in these project contracts and legal provisions to navigate.
That’s why MFU partnered with the Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) to create the Farmers’ Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in Minnesota, a resource for farmers considering large scale solar and wind installations on their farm. The guide has general legal information for farmers, intended as a starting point for these projects. As always, farmers should consult with an attorney regarding their specific situations or contracts.
The guide is meant to be a resource for farmers and covers many topics including legal agreements, leases, easements, covenants, contract provisions, assignment clauses, liability provisions, insurance provisions, tax considerations, equipment responsibility and maintenance, compensation, land use restrictions and more.
The guide is available to print as a PDF here, as well as on FLAG’s website. We also have printed copies of the guide, available to pick up at the MFU State Office and free for members. Join us at the Renewable Energy Working Sessions this summer to learn more about it.