Aerial view of solar panel farmSolar panel installations have spiked across the country in recent years, with several producers now taking advantage of higher commodity prices enabling them to implement cost-saving measures for the future. For those considering adding solar panels to the farm, several considerations need attention beforehand. Ask yourself:

• Is there support from your community to increase solar panels?
• Will the developer pay you enough to close doors on competitors?
• Do lease payments take inflation into account?
• Who will receive the carbon and tax credits?
• Will you or the developer maintain the land around the panels?
• Will a removal bond be provided?

Solar panels can be a great to reduce costs and be more energy independent. Thinking ahead can help you determine if they’re a good fit for your operation. Read more on solar power considerations.