Solar Shift: How a Wisconsin Farmer Blends Tradition with Sustainable Innovation

Lynn Wingers is a proud farmer of corn and alfalfa in Wisconsin. He loves the land that fuels and feeds his community.

But as farming moves into the 21st century, Lynn knows that change is coming and he wants to get ahead of it to help move his community forward.

So, what’s the farmer math here? What’s Lynn’s next move? Find out below.

Lynn talked with some solar developers like Langdon Mills Solar Farm to learn about opportunities related to his land. It was important to Lynn that he was in the driver’s seat.

Turns out, the math was pretty simple. The solar arrays provide additional revenue for his family — even in times of hardship and bad crop years. But other benefits were even more important.

One of the most important things to Lynn was being able to preserve both his land and the rural identity that makes communities and farms like his special places.

He discovered that temporarily using the land for energy production helps rejuvenate the soil for future farming use. At the end of the project’s lifespan, he can continue to cultivate the land– avoiding the fate of yet another farm going under, and preserving his way of life into the future.

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