FILE – Workers install solar panels at a fishery-solar hybrid power station in China. (Photo by Geng Yuhe/VCG via Getty Images)
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On Friday, Farmland Partners Inc. announced updates on the development of solar projects on some of its farms in Illinois. The first project consists of approximately 432 acres, with power production tentatively slated to commence as soon as December.
The second solar project, comprised of approximately 1,542 acres, received notice of construction commencement on Nov. 1, 2021.
Farmland Partners currently has approximately 20,000 acres of solar and wind project under option or at various stages of development and planning.
“While supporting farmers and worldwide food production remains our primary focus, investing in clean energy alternatives is good for our shareholders and our environment,” Paul A. Pittman, the Company’s Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
Farmland Partners has 172 properties around Illinois, including Pleasant Plains – Ashland Morgan in Morgan County and Pleasant Plains – Ashland Cass in Cass County.
Additionally, a 100,000-panel solar farm with the capacity to power 10,000 homes in Washburn is nearing approval, according to the Associated Press.