solar panels superimposed over farmland, with text stating: The CCE farm business management team & CCE Cortland County present "The Landowner & Solar Decision" for farmers and Landowners

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The Landowner & Utility-scale Solar Decision

  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

In order to reach the state’s goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030, New York State is providing many benefits for solar developers since solar is a feasible way to achieve this goal. The push for solar development in NYS makes farmland and other ‘open’ landscapes located near transmission lines rather valuable. This increase in value has the potential of benefiting the landowners who are being approached by solar developers with options to purchase or lease land for utility scale solar development, but it does not come without questions. Utility-scale solar development is a new arena with many unknowns leaving these landowners feeling as if they do not have enough information to make an informed decision – specifically pertaining to 1) leasing, 2) development concerns, and 3) regulations.

On Tuesday October 26 from 9:30am to 3:00 pm, our CCE colleagues in Cortland County with the Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District will host an event to provide farmers and other landowners with information that addresses the topics of utility-scale solar development, leasing, and regulations. 

From 9:30am–1:30pm, with a break for lunch, attendees will join in a webinar hosted by the statewide CCE team and covers the topics outlined above. From 1:30–3:00pm attendees will be given an opportunity to engage in a Q&A with local panelists. The panelists will include 2 farmers who are currently working with solar developers, 2 municipal representatives who have been regularly engaged in this conversation, and the Energy & Climate Change Team Leader at CCE Tompkins.

Registration is required for the event and a registration fee of $10 in-person and $5 virtual will help cover the costs of lunch, speaker, and location fees. Register at or call Dana Havas, CCE Cortland Ag Team Leader, at (607)391-2664.

Cornell University COVID protocols will be followed, which currently states that individuals must practice social distancing and masks are required for all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals when inside. Guidelines will continue to be monitored and adjusted accordingly.


$5 virtual; $10 in person includes lunch



Dana Havas
CCE-Cortland Ag Team Leader
office: (607)391-2664 | cell: (607) 279-7640


New York State Grange
100 Grange Place
Cortland, New York 13045

Last updated October 23, 2021