Installing a solar park is one of the most cost-effective ways to maximise yield from low grade agricultural land.
Solarsense provide a complete EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) service for landowners looking to install a solar park, supporting you through the process and ensuring you make the most of your investment.
Our Solar Park service includes:
Solar parks cause very little environmental impact and do not require a change of use as they are given 25 year temporary planning consent. They can co-exist alongside use of the land for grazing sheep or poultry, as well as fulfil set aside land and bio-diversity enhancement objectives. If required a solar park can be completely removed without trace.
As part of the planning process Solarsense can implement a thorough audit to look at the impacts to the environement and local biodiversity.
Developers and Investors
If you are looking for an investor to deveop a solar farm on your land, Solarsense can help find a suitable investor and then carry out all relevant development work for you. With more than 20 years in the solar industry we have links with reliable investors that regularly invest in solar parks and who offer competitive rates for development opportunities.
Solar Park Case Studies
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Solar Parks: An introduction
A solar park is a commercial or utility scale solar PV system, often but not exclusively developed on agricultural land – sometimes also referred to as a solar farm.
Solar Parks are most often constructed by developers who enter into long term (25 year) land lease agreements with farmers or landowners who are paid an inflation index rent for the use of their land. Once the solar generator has completed its first year of operation and met its performance targets the developer will usually assign the lease to a third party investor such as a pension fund.
Solar Parks can be registered for either Feed-in Tariff subsidy for generators up to 5MW in size; or for the alternative Renewables Obligation Certificate scheme for which there is no upper size limit. Either scheme offers long term income to investors in addition to the value of the electricity generated, which is sold by means of a Power Purchase Agreement to one of the energy supply companies.
A 5MW solar park will typically require around 25 acres of land (10 Hectares) or 5 acres per MW as a general rule.
Before a solar park project can be realistically appraised for viability, two key issues need to be addressed; planning consent and the District Network Operator (DNO) grid connection.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) gives significant encouragement for renewable energy projects which are seen as an intrinsic part of moving the UK to a sustainable low carbon future. The majority of UK planning applications for solar parks have been granted to date.
Solarsense can provide full design and planning consultancy services including pre-application meetings and full planning applications.
DNO grid connection
The potential for and cost of connection to the 11kV or 33kV electricity supply grids is a key factor in site and project viability.
Solarsense can make preliminary and formal enquiries to the relevant DNO to establish initial connection costs and to subsequently obtain a formal offer of connection.