Solar’s employment impact
Solar provides more local work opportunities than either beef or cash grain on the same acreage. Read supporting evidence
The approximately 1-year construction phase of a Solar Farm is very labor-intensive. One company trying to develop solar in Mason County expects to have 400 workers at the peak of their construction phase.
During the expected 30-year operation phase, solar is mostly replacing row crops and cow-calf operations. Row crops are highly mechanized with low labor requirements per acre. While cow-calf operations have concentrated activity, overall, they require little full-time labor. The Hillcrest Solar Farm demonstrates that Solar supports more jobs per acre.
The above is an exception of submission in the official record.