Tuesday, November 21, 2023

PA Solar Center: Guidebook On Large-Scale Solar Energy Facilities For Landowners Now Available

On November 21, the
PA Solar Center and Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services announced the release of their free Guidebook For Leasing Land For Large-Scale Solar Development to help Pennsylvania landowners – particularly those with large parcels of land – navigate the process of leasing their land for large-scale solar development. 

According to the region’s electricity grid coordinator, PJM Interconnection, there are hundreds of large-scale solar projects being proposed across Pennsylvania. 

Combined with incentives from the federal Inflation Reduction Act, and the fact that large-scale solar is now the least expensive form of electricity, energy companies around the world are expanding their solar operations through large-scale and community solar projects. 

Many have their eyes set on Pennsylvania due to its abundance of land and proximity to electricity transmission lines – and have been approaching large landowners to potentially lease their land. 

Leasing land is also an opportunity for landowners to access annual streams of income.

Strong candidates for large-scale solar leasing often have 20 acres or more of land, live near large electric transmission lines, and are positioned for favorable southern exposure to the sun. 

After a lease agreement is signed, large-scale solar developers install solar panels and send the power directly onto the grid, rather than to be used by a building on-site, similar to other large power plants like coal, gas, and nuclear plants. 

And there are financial benefits to landowners, as they typically receive lease payments of $800 to $1500 per acre, per year, for 25-30 years. 

Click Here for a copy of the Guidebook.

The Pennsylvania Solar Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit effort to raise the awareness of the benefits of solar energy in Pennsylvania. Click Here to sign up for regular updates.


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[Posted: November 21, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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