Sell or lease land for solar and harness the power of the sun

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Renewable Properties works with landowners to create long standing partnerships that maximize land value, without compromising overall project viability. When it comes to developing a solar farm on your property, our team has experience working with parties on all sides of the table taking solar farm requirements into consideration while executing solar land lease agreements. 

Every market is unique with a variety of local, geographical, regulatory and site specific considerations. Whether landowners are interested in selling their land, or entering into a solar land lease agreement, Renewable Properties works closely with landowners to find the right project-specific solution. 
 

The Solar Land Development Process

How does a solar farm work?

It’s simple – we “grow” energy from the sun. Solar farms are comprised of solar modules (a panel of photovoltaic cells) used to capture the sun’s energy in the form of solar radiation (DC power), and convert it into the electricity we use in our homes and offices daily (AC power). The solar modules (also referred to as solar panels) are mounted onto a steel racking structure or racking system. This structure is stabilized into the ground with either a driven pier system or ballasted block system. In addition to solar panels mounted on a racking structure, there is wiring and cabling that connects each row of panels to the inverters and transformers, which are connected directly into the power grid.

Do solar farms create noise?

Solar farms create less noise than most air conditioning equipment (sound pressure levels around 60 dB), and the noise is concentrated where the inverter equipment is located. All other noise will be limited to the construction phase, which is no different than any other normal construction site. Once a solar farm is commissioned and placed into service (turned on), the system quietly harnesses the sun’s energy, making a solar farm and solar land lease the perfect neighbor.   

What are the general terms of a solar land lease contract?

The terms and conditions of a solar land lease agreement can vary substantially throughout the U.S., but in general they require a 2 to 3 year development or option period. During this time, you can continue to farm, or use your land as you see fit, as we rarely need to be on site.  Site control, or a solar land lease agreement, is required to initiate a variety of site specific studies with the utility and county to ensure the project can be built in a safe and reliable manner. 

Once we are done with our studies, have our permits and secured a power purchase agreement, it’s time to build the solar farm. When the project is built and given permission to operate (PTO) from the local authorities, the solar land lease (20-30 years) begins, initiating safe, secure and reliable income for property owners. 

How long do solar farms produce power?

Solar farms have very few moving parts (sometimes none), require very little ongoing maintenance, and are built to last up to 40 years.

What happens when it’s time to remove the solar farm?

When the solar land lease term ends, and it’s time to remove the system, Renewable Properties will decommission the equipment, and restore the land to its original condition. Thanks to a simple construction process, removing the equipment is a relatively easy exercise. 

Are solar farms safe?

Yes. There’s been over 50 years of field experience with photovoltaic technologies producing energy from our most abundant natural resource — the sun. The power generated carries no emissions, and EMF levels at the perimeter of the solar array are generally no higher than environmental background levels. 

Are there solar farm requirements?

Unfortunately not all parcels of land and properties are created equal. Renewable Properties will perform a land assessment to determine if your property is suitable for a 1-20 MW size solar farm. Each state and utility load zone has their own set of requirements and restrictions that need to be taken into consideration when assessing land for a solar project. Proximity to a point of interconnection, topography, access, and the potential impact on the utility grid and natural habitat are just some of the project specific considerations.  

Working with communities on solar farms 

Renewable Properties works collaboratively with all parties involved in developing solar projects (landowners, utilities and communities) to ensure solar farms are properly sited, constructed and maintained. All of our solar farm locations are identified through a rigorous site identification process taking known environmental habitat, cultural resources, geography, utility infrastructure, wetlands and floodways into consideration.

We proactively engage local planning departments and community stakeholders to ensure we are taking all local requirements and preferences into consideration, ensuring systems get built, interconnected to the power grid, and the solar power produced is comprising a larger piece of the local energy mix. 

Renewable Properties performs land assessments both remotely and in person at no cost to the landowner. Contact a member of the team to schedule an introductory call so we can explore the viability of your site for a solar farm.