Solar FAQ

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Frequently asked Questions
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  1. How much does a Solar park cost?
  2. How many acres of my land do you want to lease?
  3. How many years is the lease agreement for?
  4. Are Solar parks really “green“?
  5. Will the Solar park on my land help?
  6. Are they noisy?
  7. What happens to my land?
  8. Can I continue to use some of the land?
  9. What about my Single Payment Scheme payments?
  10. How much rent will I receive for my land?

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much does a Solar park cost?
Commercial sized solar park can cost from £5 million to £100 million to develop.  Fortunately you don’t have to pay anything.

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How many acres of my land do you want to lease?
The minimum will be around 30 acres.  Providing the area is suitable and power can be exported to the grid, the more the merrier, up to 250 acres.

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How many years is the lease agreement for?
Land lease agreements range from 25-40 years.  As Solar parks are very expensive to develop, a longer agreement gives the owner more time to recoup their investment.  In general the longer the period the more you will receive per year.

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Are Solar parks really “green”?
Yes!  A typical 5 MWp Solar park set on around 30 acres will save the equivalent of 50,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide had the power been generated using a gas fired plant.

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Will the Solar park on my land help?
Yes, you will be helping to supply between 1,000 and 5,000 homes with electricity.

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Are they noisy?
No. The only noise emitted from a solar farm usually comes from the inverter and electrical switch gear.  As a result they are normally positioned away from the boundaries.  They are completely silent during hours of darkness, so all can sleep tight.

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What happens to my land?
Preparation of land is normally minimal, with some levelling for Switch gear and inverter equipment.  Solar panels themselves are mounted on a series of galvanised stakes that are driven vertically into the ground.  When the agreement finished, the panels, inverters and all other equipment will be removed and the land returned to you. Picture here

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Can I continue to use some of the land?
Yes.

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What about my Single Payment Scheme payments?
It will continue provided that you still meet the guidelines see www.gov.uk/the-single-payment-scheme

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How much rent will I receive for my land?
There are a number of factors that make the payments vary from location to location, like hours of sun light, distance from sub station for electrical connection to name just two.  However, returns will be comparable to net crop harvest returns.  Bear in mind that you would normally have crop risk, manpower cost etc.  You may still use the land for low impact activities such as sheep farming plus the rental you receive is inflation linked.

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