Solar Leasing for Agricultural Lands

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


Much like wind power, solar power is rapidly growing across the United States.  And just as with wind power, agricultural landowners are being approached with solar power leases to provide the land for these renewable energy projects.  Solar leases are often unlike anything agricultural landowners have encountered before – even wind energy leases – and it can be difficult to know where to start in evaluating whether a solar energy lease is right for your farm or ranch operation.  This webinar will take some of the mystery out of what is required for a successful solar energy project, what terms often appear in a solar energy lease, and how to evaluate the impact a solar project may have on agricultural land uses.  The seminar will include checklists and ideas to help participants evaluate leases and will also introduce the National Agricultural Law Center’s new Solar Energy Leasing Guide


This webinar was recorded on April 4, 2018.  To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click here.


Dr. Shannon Ferrell
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Ferrell is an associate professor in the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics. Since joining Oklahoma State University, he has provided over 300 extension seminars and workshops throughout North America with a cumulative audience in excess of nearly 19,000 while authoring over fifty extension publications, including five books and numerous journal articles.  His extension activities encompass all areas of agricultural law, and he also teaches the agricultural law courses at both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  He served as president of the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council in 2006 and helped establish the Hall Estill firm’s Renewable Energy Practice Group before joining OSU in the summer of 2007. He continues to work with the wind energy industry, helping landowners negotiate wind energy development agreements and assisting with the development of legislation for the industry.  He served as one of the principal drafters for the Oklahoma Wind Energy Development Act, the Oklahoma Airspace Severance Restriction Act, and the Exploration Rights Act of 2011. Dr. Ferrell currently serves as the Agricultural representative on the Oklahoma Environmental Quality Board.

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