Benefits of Community Solar for Landowners
Bring sustainable, clean energy to your community with no out-of-pocket expense, while receiving a consistent revenue stream, by leasing your land for a community solar project.
- Maintain ownership of your land
- Earn long-term lease income
- Continue to farm the remaining acres
- Hands-off maintenance or operations
Your Land Might Be Eligible If:
Think your land fits these requirements? Contact us to work with a developer to see if your land is viable.
How It Works
- CONTACT SGC POWER SO WE CAN REVIEW THE PROPOSED LAND AREA FOR VIABILITY
- OUR DEVELOPERS WILL REACH OUT TO DISCUSS ANY SPECIFIC DESIGN CHARACTERISTICS & PROJECT NEEDS
- SGC POWER WILL SCHEDULE A SITE VISIT AND BEGIN THE LEASE PROCESS
Give Back to Your Community
By using your available land to develop a solar farm, you have the opportunity to bring electricity savings to local households that might not otherwise have access to solar energy.
- Empower your local economy & create jobs
- Support the local ecosystem with grass seed mix that encourages bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
- Enable electricity savings for local households
See If Your Land Qualifies
Fill out the form below to contact us and begin the process to see if your land qualifies for community solar development, or give us a call at (410) 779-9377.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do the lease payments work?
When you decide to lease your land for community solar, you will receive milestone payments while your project is in development, and annual lease payments at the beginning of each year once the project is operational. The structure and value of the payment vary by state.
How long does the development process last?
On average, the community solar development process can be anywhere from 12 to 36 months, depending largely on permitting and the utility interconnection process. Once a land agreement is signed, the next steps are to submit an interconnection application to the utility, apply for zoning approval and permits, and then proceed with construction. As you’re the landowner who will benefit monetarily from the solar array, SGC Power is creating a partnership with you to bring a project to fruition – this could include advocating on your behalf to the town/county, and even at times to the State, to ensure a project is realized.
Have you completed any solar projects near me?
This depends on where your property is located. State policy drives the renewable energy economy so some states have advanced policies where we have fully developed and delivered projects, while other states are still emerging with pending legislation or pilot programs.
What qualities do you look for in land leased for community solar projects?
- A minimum of 5+ acres of available land
- You own the land
- Located near power lines
- The land is flat or gently sloping, preferably cleared, with few wetlands
How does leasing my land for community solar help my community?
Leasing your land for community solar helps provide clean renewable energy to nearby residents, businesses, schools and places of worship who may not be able to generate their own solar power. Additionally, it helps to create jobs for local residents.
Will the solar array affect my neighbors?
At SGC Power, we strive to ensure each renewable energy project is done right with all considerations. To do so, we will work with you and the local authorities to ensure the solar project is developed with everyone in consideration – when needed, this will include providing vegetative screening to minimize visual impacts. If you have any site specific concerns, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (410) 779-9377.
Who mows the grass?
Don’t worry, the solar project owner (not the landowner) is responsible for any landscaping or other maintenance inside the leased area. The lease has provisions to prevent the project owner from letting the condition of the property deteriorate.
INCREASING FAMILY INCOME WITH COMMUNITY SOLAR
This land was an important piece of their family history and they wanted to ensure the farm’s financial stability for generations to come.
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INCREASING LANDOWNER INCOME WITH SOLAR FARMS
The landowner now has a secured, long-term solar land lease with SGC Power, and is still able to farm the majority of their land.
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“The beneficial element of community solar is that I get to be part of helping to produce renewable energy, as well as get a nice return from that renewable energy, and all I have to do is say, ‘Here, you can lease this land.”