Green Development LLC Helps Landowners to Preserve Family Farms and Land

Written by on March 30, 2021 in Stuff with 0 Comments

Recent breakthroughs in renewable energy present a range of opportunities for landowners and farmers. Since farming in the 21st century can be incredibly complicated, today’s family farms face a range of practical and economic challenges. Consequently, symbiosis is emerging between regional farmers looking to preserve their land and culture and renewable energy companies such as Green Development LLC that proudly offers clean, renewable energy to the people of Rhode Island.

Housing Versus Renewable Energy Development

With shifts in climate and rainfall, some farmers are facing mounting financial burdens. Many landowners feel pressure to sell their land for residential use. Some people believe that selling family farms to housing developers is the only option available to local farmers who want to preserve at least a portion of their farms, but there are other options.

Solar and wind energy development is much more beneficial for Rhode Island’s communities because renewable energy allows farmers to continue contributing to the local food supply, and it does not increase the burden on schools, fire districts, roads, and other local services. Farmers’ contributions to their local economies are crucial. Solar and wind energy projects make it possible for open land to serve more than one use. In the case of solar, the project is typically limited to a small percentage of the overall farm property, and nearly all of the land surrounding a wind turbine can be used to grow crops or to graze livestock.

Rhode Island farms are also an important part of regional history and culture. Green Development LLC can help landowners to preserve their acreage for future generations. This is a benefit that housing developments simply cannot offer.

Providing a Financial Lifeline to Local Farms

This country’s farmers have had to deal with a difficult economic outlook for some time. Food production and revenue are impacted by uncertainties and fluctuations, such as weather and produce market prices. Because of this, many family farms have been unable to continue operation. Of those farms that are still operating, many of the owners desperately need additional revenue streams.

Fortunately, farmers who lease their land to Green Development generate new revenue streams with minimal impact on their land. Income from crop sales can be wildly unpredictable, but the money garnered from a solar or wind land lease can provide a steady income source for farmers for years to come.

Dual-Use Arrays

Some types of land development represent an upset in the surrounding ecosphere. This includes housing development. Renewable energy development presents a win-win situation for farmland and farmers’ bottom lines.

Green Development has partnered with local farmers to develop dual-use solar arrays. Rather than mounting solar panels on gravel or dirt, panels can be mounted above crops. This allows farmers to yield crops and solar energy from the same areas of land.

For example, Our Kids Farm in Exeter, RI, plants many crops below the solar panels on their land. In fact, certain types of crops see an advantage from the partial shade that the panels provide. These crops include kale and other leafy greens.

Planting beneath panels is not the only dual-use option. Some farms have solar panels that are spaced apart to allow farmers access to the soil between them, or to accommodate tractors and other large farm machinery for planting and harvesting.

Renewable energy provides opportunities that can help family farms to thrive in today’s economy. Solar and wind energy development also preserve valuable land for generations to come.

About Green Development LLC

Green Development LLC is the leading developer of utility-scale renewable energy projects in Rhode Island, specializing in wind, solar, and battery storage. The company delivers significant energy savings to municipalities, quasi-public entities, nonprofits, and other qualified entities through the virtual net metering program while providing long-term lease payments to landowners and farmers.

Tags: , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the articles on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use' must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.
Send this to a friend