Land Use Conflicts Between Wind and Solar Renewable Energy and Agricultural Uses

21 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2022 Last revised: 6 Apr 2022

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Jesse Richardson

West Virginia University College of Law

Peggy Kirk Hall

Ohio State University (OSU)

Whitney Morgan

West Virginia University - College of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2022

Abstract

The terms “solar farm” and “wind farm” could not more perfectly demonstrate the inevitable pairing of renewable energy and agriculture as uses of land. At the same time, harvesting the sun and wind and converting both to energy forms usable to mankind are far from traditional agricultural practices. This paper first reviews the issues arising between renewable energy and agriculture when siting the two uses, highlights results of research on the status of state laws in place that weigh the interests of renewables and use of agricultural lands, and compiles recommendations from existing laws, recent state bills, as well as leading resources on siting renewables on agricultural lands, including model code language.

This paper was first published by the National Agricultural Law Center and is also available from their website: https://nationalaglawcenter.org/center-publications/renewableenergy/#solarfarm

Keywords: land use, wind, solar, agriculture, solar farm, wind farm, renewable energy

JEL Classification: K10, Q15, Q4

Suggested Citation

Richardson, Jesse and Kirk Hall, Peggy and Morgan, Whitney, Land Use Conflicts Between Wind and Solar Renewable Energy and Agricultural Uses (January 1, 2022). WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2022-004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4042235

Jesse Richardson (Contact Author)

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Peggy Kirk Hall

Ohio State University (OSU)

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Whitney Morgan

West Virginia University - College of Law ( email )

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Morgantown, WV West Virginia 26506
United States

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