By Jana Rose Schleis, Wisconsin Public Radio
Farmers have what solar energy companies need: land. Across the state, partnerships between dairy farms and energy companies are increasing, changing the landscape and providing farmers extra revenue in a sometimes unpredictable market. That unpredictability can take the form of a years long dip in milk prices, or unfortunate weather. Wisconsin had record-setting rainfall in 2018 and 2019, increasing the challenges farmers faced. Read more here.
Nebraskans for Solar Note: In addition to earning extra income by leasing land for renewable energy development, farmers and ranchers in every state also can save significant amounts of money on their own energy bills by taking advantage of available incentives for solar, small wind, battery storage, energy efficiency upgrades and other clean energy projects.
These incentives include the following:
- Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
- Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit
- Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
- Depreciation: Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)
Source: Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency-Nebraska (54 programs). Also, visit the website of your local utility to see if it offers any incentives or rebates.
Iowa currently has 86 incentive programs.
- Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants in Nebraska
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture