Cider Solar Farm will be a good neighbor -- supplying clean, affordable, renewable power and an array of benefits for the community, including tax revenue for local governments and schools, support for first responders and the library, employment opportunities and commercial activity for local businesses.
The solar farm will generate revenues for the town, county and schools. Overall economic benefit expected to be several million dollars.
Long-term leases provide farmers with guaranteed lease revenues that allow them to sustain operations and invest in innovation and modernization. By protecting the farmland from residential or commercial development, the site can return to agricultural use when the solar farm ends it useful life.
Jobs will be created during the permitting and construction phase. Currently, local businesses and workers are being contracted for engineering, surveying. In the future, more work will be created during site preparation and construction. Long-term local jobs will also be needed for the operation and maintenance of the solar farm.
Solar energy’s attributes -- including clean, quiet, emission-free electricity generation -- make it the fastest growing form of electric generation in the U.S. today. Locally produced, clean energy from solar power contributes to enhanced air and water quality for the community. Leadership on clean energy helps communities attract environmentally conscientious residents, visitors and businesses.
Because sunlight, the fuel source for solar energy, is free, solar energy has steady, predictable power production costs. As the price of other power generation grows, solar energy will help to mitigate overall electricity price increases.
The solar facility will create a new revenue stream for community services. Supporting the local fire department and/or ambulance company with added resources, while making minimal use of their services. Specialized solar farm training will be provided to the first responders.