A farm vehicle harvests hay beneath elevated solar panels.
Solar Power in South County(posted May 20, 2018)
The Anne Arundel County Council’s eight-month moratorium on solar farms is coming to a close. During this time, DACA has been working to explore solutions for how to keep farms agriculturally productive while allowing the production of solar energy in ways that do not sacrifice agricultural land.
DACA advocates an innovative approach of “Dual Use” that allows the simultaneous use of land for agricultural and solar purposes. The benefit of this approach is that it's not necessary for agricultural land to be fully covered in solar panels in order to produce useful amounts of solar energy.
DACA made a presentation describing this concept to the Dispersed Energy Committee of the county’s Agriculture, Agritourism and Farming Commission. The presentation was also sent to decision-makers in the state and county government and shared with interested organizations and individuals. The March-April 2018 issue of the Villagercontained a copy of the basic presentation.
To make the DACA presentation more widely available in a convenient format, a PDF version can be downloaded at right.
From time to time, DACA receives or researches information about or related to zoning, land use, area developments or changes. We typically share such news and information in the Villager. This page houses supplemental links and documents.
Download the presentation
"Solar, Agriculture and Land Use in Anne Arundel County"(PDF, 11 pages)