Smart Growth Solar
in Lewis County

Why are we talking about solar?

Solar companies are actively seeking incentives for proposed projects in Lewis County.

Lewis County currently has over 2,800 acres of proposed development.

Agricultural land has high economic value in our community and is our largest industry.
We can welcome renewable energy while protecting our largest industry at the same time.
Encouraging smart, thoughtful and planned solar development for our communities.

Our Intent for Embracing Solar

Preserve Agriculture

  • Preserve our largest industry and best agricultural land.
  • 12% of all land in Lewis County is cropland.
  • Agricultural lands are "easier" to develop because they are generally large, flat, undeveloped lots.
  • Our best agricultural land is worth more to us—we want
    developers to "think twice" about pursuing prime ag lands.

Better Incentives for Use of Low Quality Land

Providing better incentives for use of low quality land is necessary to preserve long-term viability of our agriculture industry

Keep Landowners' Rights, Their Rights

If developers want to develop on prime agricultural land, they can still come to an agreement with a land owner - they will receive less of an incentive because that land is worth more to our economy

What Landowners Should Know:
Smart Growth Solar Webinar Series

Lewis County IDA PILOT Program

Universal Tax Exemption Policy Quick Facts

  • PILOTS start at $5,500 per megawatt for the use of actively farmed, prime agricultural land
  • Developers will receive a more attractive incentive for the use of other types of farmland, such as prime if drained, farm of statewide importance, or marginal land
  • Developers will also receive a more attractive incentive for utilizing land that is NOT actively being farmed within the past 18 months

What you should know about this PILOT program:

  • We are providing better incentives for use of low quality land to preserve long-term viability of our agricultural industry
  • This program keeps landowner rights, their rights
  • If developers want to develop on prime agricultural land, they can still come to an agreement with the landowner – they will receive less of an incentive because that land is worth more to our economy
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