Matthew Johnson: Renewable energy projects can help farmers through tough times

Article originally published by The Cap Times.

Dear Editor: My name is Matt Johnson and I am a field director at the Wisconsin Land and Liberty Coalition. We are a nonprofit effort focused on protecting the private property rights of farming families who recognize the benefits renewable energy projects can bring to their communities.

In the past few years, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and local governments have approved several wind and solar projects. Not only do they provide clean and affordable power; renewable energy projects are a significant benefit to local communities across the state. Every large-scale renewable energy project creates hundreds of construction jobs, boosts local businesses and increases economic activity in rural areas. Additionally, land lease payments can help farmers keep their land in the family by providing a guaranteed revenue stream for decades…