Why lease your land to a solar developer?
Solar farms require anywhere from 40 to 5,000 acres of land.
The Process: 3 Easy Steps
Fill out our simple online form. It will take less than five minutes. There’s no cost or obligation to you.
We’ll promote your land, at our expense, to solar developers seeking to build solar farms in your area. If one or more developers is interested in your land, we’ll introduce you.
You take it from there. We strongly recommend you retain a real estate attorney, and we can help you find one.
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are several benefits to leasing land that you’re not currently using to a solar developer. Most importantly, it’s a way to generate a steady income stream for up to 25 years–and you don’t need to do a thing over the contract term. The solar developer (or whoever ultimately owns the solar farm built on your property) will maintain the farm at their expense. They’ll even pay all of the property taxes on the land. The solar farm won’t make any noise or emit any pollution, so it won’t bother you, your neighbors, or any animals.
Solar developers pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand dollars per acre leased. It varies considerably by the developer, the size of the project, the state the land is in, market competition in the area (from other solar developers as well as companies interested in your land for other uses), and several other factors. That’s why it’s helpful to use a service like SolarLandLease that will solicit multiple developers with the goal of getting you the most for your land.
In solar farm development, leasing land is more common than buying it. But some developers will consider buying your land outright for certain projects.
This is a complicated subject. You can find more details on our blog, but the key factors are:
- You have a minimum of 40 acres of contiguous land. That’s enough for a small project. Big projects can require up to 5,000 acres. Generally, the more land you have, the more attractive it is to developers.
- Location. Certain parts of the country receive much more sunlight than others, which makes them more desirable for a solar farm. Also, market demand for solar energy is higher in certain areas than others. State and local tax incentives play a role, too.
- General land characteristics. Ideally, your land is relatively flat, not covered in trees, and not in a floodplain.
- Near transmission infrastructure. The power generated by a solar farm needs to connect to high-voltage transmission lines or a substation. The closer those are to your property, the better.
Even if your land doesn’t check all of these boxes, don’t hesitate to complete the online form. Developers may still be interested.
SolarLandLease is a 100% free service for landowners. We receive a “finder’s fee” from solar developers looking for land like yours. Because of that, we are motivated to work hard for you.