Lease Your Land for Renewable Energy Projects
If you have marginal agricultural land that isn’t providing the returns you’d like, you may be able to make that land work harder by leasing that land for a renewable energy project.
Locogen has been working with farmers, landowners and estates across the UK since 2009 to develop sites for solar and wind farms. Often, we work in partnership with the landowner, creating joint ventures to co-develop the project. At other times, we manage development and construction of the project on behalf of those owners.
Some landowners, however, prefer to take a zero-risk approach to renewable energy development on their land. In these cases, Locogen offers the option of land leasing for renewable energy projects.
Find out if your land is suitable for renewable energy land lease
There are a number of factors to consider when assessing suitability for development of a wind farm or solar farm. Thankfully, Locogen has vast experience in screening sites, so we can come back with an assessment quickly.
We’ve listed below some of the criteria we look at before progressing the opportunity to the next stage.
Factors influencing land lease for wind farms
Wind resource – generally a wind farm requires wind speeds of 6 m/s to be viable. Our tools will quickly identify projected wind speeds at your site.
Constraints – we will survey your site for constraints such as landscape and visual impact issues, noting designations such as National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Heritage Coasts etc. We will also check for heritage impacts – listed buildings, conservation areas, ancient monuments and so on.
Distance to settlements – we will check the proposed site is an appropriate distance from residential properties, bearing in mind size of proposed turbines, to minimise noise and shadow flicker.
Technical constraints – We consider impacts on roads (including access requirements) railways, waterways, pipelines and power lines. We also look at footpaths and bridleways.
Ecology and wildlife – at this stage we will not carry out any surveys but will check for related designations such as wildlife reserves, ancient woodlands and any special protection areas.
Aviation and exclusion zones – we will check your site is not impacted by aviation restrictions or MOD exclusion areas.
Grid issues – we will consider any grid constraints and likely connection costs.
Factors influencing land lease for solar farms
Solar resource – Solar irradiation varies across the UK – and not just by latitude. We will assess the likely solar resource at your site.
Land classification – solar farm development is preferred on brownfield sites, previously developed land, industrial land or agricultural land of classifications 3b, 4 or 5. Solar farm development on land classified as 1 or 2 would not normally be allowed, while grade 3a land would need significant supporting information to pass planning.
Site works and aspect – clearly, sites with a southern aspect are ideal. Any requirement for site levelling or contouring needs to be considered.
Grid issues – again, we will look at any grid constraints and likely connection costs.
What if my site has been looked at before and rejected?
While the wind or solar resource at your site is unlikely to change, other factors may have altered to affect the feasibility of leasing your land for wind or solar development.
Grid restraints may have changed and there could be funding available for any grid reinforcement works required. Capital costs of wind and solar technologies have also decreased. If you have a previously assessed site that was deemed unfavourable due to gris issues, it may be worth having another look.
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