On June 29th, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation (SB 2591) requiring solar energy developers to enter into an agricultural impact mitigation agreement (AIMA) with the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). The specifications outlined in the AIMA sets the minimum standards for all construction and deconstruction activities. A copy of the AIMA is available on IDOA’s website.
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(July 14, 2016)
It is an unfortunate reality that energy projects generally require land, and many of our members have, at some point, been engaged in easement negotiations related to pipelines, transmission lines, or wind farms. Easements represent obligations for landowners and tenants that usually last for over 20 years, and they have the potential to dramatically alter the way that affected land can be used. Consequently, easement negotiations must be taken seriously.
Boone, Winnebago, and neighboring counties have recently received interest from the developers of a proposed solar energy site. Solar energy projects are a new concept to this area. As with any other project, you should not sign any agreement with any solar energy developer without performing a comprehensive analysis of the agreement and each and every provision that it contains. Landowners should seek the advice of a competent attorney, one with experience negotiating easements, before signing any documents.
Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau hosted an informational meeting on the proposed solar project on Thursday, July 14th at 7 pm in the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau office, 1925 S Meridian Road, Rockford, IL 61102. Garrett Thalgott, attorney with the Illinois Agricultural Association Office of General Counsel, presented information related to the project and easement considerations. If you have questions please call 815-962-0653.
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