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Facilitaors for Climate Change Mitigation  - Renewable Energy Technologies, Advice, Grants & funding.

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PSECC has been formed to provide advice, support and guidance on Climate Change, Global Warming, Renewable Energy, Grants and Funding provision for the people of Portsmouth, Portsmouth & Hampshire Council’s, Governments, schools, colleges, Commercial & International clients. 

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Solar Farms

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Renewable Energy for All

A Farmer or Landowner could receive £800 per acre per year for 25 years to be paid to them for renting your land for a Solar Farm.

It may be possible to extend to another 25 years a 50% share each year will be paid to you amounting to about £200,000 per year, for a 5MW - 30 acre site for 25 years = £5 million.

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Grid connection very important - sub station must be within One mile of proposed solar farm and not in any flood plain.

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How are these farms built?

 

Before any farms can be developed there is a need to obtain planning permission. Any plans for a local solar farm will be considered by your local planning authority.

 As part of the planning process a range of studies, typically to find out about the existing ecology and other aspects of the site. These reports and the design for the solar farm will make up the planning application.

 Typically the construction phase of a 40 acre site would be around 16 weeks. Over this period there would be up to 100 lorry deliveries to the site. There may be some construction noise, but far less than for most other types of developments. After construction, traffic to the solar farm will be minimal with occasional maintenance visits and ground maintenance e.g. through mowing or grazing.

Sub Station required within one mile for Solar Farm connection to the National Grid - if renting land scheme.

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How solar farms are built and work

 In the UK, from the 1st December onwards South of Birmingham PSECC can arrange for a Farmer renting out land will receive indexed linked payments of £750 per acre per year for 20 years or 25 years, There “IS NO COST TO THE FARMER

From the 1st December onwards a typical 5MW Renewable Energy Solar Farm to generate electricity would require 30 Acres, the revenue from renting land for a 5MW Solar Farm would be £800 per acre, per year over 20years or 25 years, this is indexed linked so total payments indicated in table below amount to £820,333

Detailed Planning issues are covered further in more detail below entitled “Planning Aspects of Solar Parks” however it remains important that to prevent planning objections that any field chosen for a Solar Farm should be isolated from communities, unless a community can support one, not seen from a road or residential properties and near a grid connection not more than 1KM away.

After 25 years this time the Farmer owns the technology and full Feed-In-Tariif (FIT) and the panels should continue to produce electricity for another 10 years, 15 years or even 20 years adding much more revenues or after 20 years the farmer or land owner receives £200,000 per year for each year of further operation. Over ten more years this will amount to £2 million for a 30 acre 5MW Solar Farm.  A 1.6MW Solar Farm requiring 10 acres. Any Farm having an installation after March 2012 will receive £800 per acre, per year for 25 years.

 

If a Farmer or Landowner wants to own the Solar Farm PSECC can arrange a funding package.

Important questions

1. How large is the land or farm?

2. Are any of your assets under mortgage (land or buildings)

3. Have you a trading company?, if so how long has it been trading?

4. What is the company Registration Number (CRN)?

5. Are you prepared to use assets as security for our finding package?

 

Does the UK get enough sunlight to make solar work properly?

 

Germany is the world's largest generator of solar energy. In the summer months, as much as 25% of the country's energy is now being supplied by solar.

 Solar electricity is generated by daylight rather than direct sunlight and the intensity of the daylight in the southern part of the UK (from the Midlands south) is much the same as in most of Germany.

 An acre of solar farm provides more energy than an acre of ground planted with crops grown for energy, such as oil seed rape.

 

Size of land required @ £750 per acre - indexed linked - average increase per year of 3%.

 

 1MW Solar Farm - requires 6 acres of land and index linked payment to the farmer of £4,500 per year for 25 years   totalling £164,067

 2MW Solar Farm -requires 12 acres of land and index linked payment to the farmer of £9,000 per year for 25 years totalling   £328,133

 3MW Solar Farm - requires 18 acres of land and index linked payment to the farmer of £13,500 per year for 25 years totalling   £492,200

 4MW Solar Farm - requires 24 acres of land and index linked payment to the farmer of £18000 per year for 25 years totallaing £656,267

 5MW Solar Farm - requires 30 acres of land and index linked payment to the farmer of £22,500 per year for 25 years totalling   £820,333

 

 Please review tables below for exact annual payments

Revenues for renting land after April 2013

Yr.

Inflation (%)

1MWp

2MWp

3MWp

4MWp

5MWp

1

3

£4,500

£9,000

£13,500

£18,000

£22,500

2

3

£4,635

£9,270

£13,905

£18,540

£23,175

3

3

£4,774

£9,548

£14,322

£19,096

£23,870

4

3

£4,917

£9,835

£14,752

£19,669

£24,586

5

3

£5,065

£10,130

£15,194

£20,259

£25,324

6

3

£5,217

£10,433

£15,650

£20,867

£26,084

7

3

£5,373

£10,746

£16,120

£21,493

£26,866

8

3

£5,534

£11,069

£16,603

£22,138

£27,672

9

3

£5,700

£11,401

£17,101

£22,802

£28,502

10

3

£5,871

£11,743

£17,614

£23,486

£29,357

11

3

£6,048

£12,095

£18,143

£24,190

£30,238

12

3

£6,229

£12,458

£18,687

£24,916

£31,145

13

3

£6,416

£12,832

£19,248

£25,664

£32,080

14

3

£6,608

£13,217

£19,825

£26,434

£33,042

15

3

£6,807

£13,613

£20,420

£27,227

£34,033

16

3

£7,011

£14,022

£21,033

£28,043

£35,054

17

3

£7,221

£14,442

£21,664

£28,885

£36,106

18

3

£7,438

£14,876

£22,313

£29,751

£37,189

19

3

£7,661

£15,322

£22,983

£30,644

£38,305

20

3

£7,891

£15,782

£23,672

£31,563

£39,454

21

3

£8,128

£16,255

£24,383

£32,510

£40,638

22

3

£8,371

£16,743

£25,114

£33,485

£41,857

23

3

£8,622

£17,245

£25,867

£34,490

£43,112

24

3

£8,881

£17,762

£26,643

£35,525

£44,406

25

3

£9,148

£18,295

£27,443

£36,590

£45,738

Total

£164,067

£328,133

£492,200

£656,267

£820,333

Payments to Farmers: - this will vary depending on the funder of the Solar Farm.

 In most circumstances the farmer would receive the land rental at the end of the first year and then every 12 months from that point onwards. Alternatively some funds do pay land rentals quarterly in 4 equal payments.

 RPI is running at an average of 3.56% over the past 25 years, so each year payments will increase by about this 3.56%, for the purposes of calculating revenues the RPI will be taken as 3% for the first 10 years, there after 5%.

 A Solar Farm would change the use of land from agricultural to industrial and payments for set aside may stop, please check with your scheme provider as any stoppage of payment depends on the type of set aside.

For  example I know the Country side stewardship scheme would be voided and a penalty  fee paid. Having said this a bonus can be paid to the farmer once planning is received for the PV farm so that this cost can be covered.

 However to be sure on each case the  farmer should enquire with the relevant scheme representative to be sure.

Hill sides are not a problem install wise. However a south facing slope is desired. There will be shading issues, even if the panels are pointed South on a north slope.

 

When the Solar Array is handed over the farmer will not need to build out the system as it will already be in place.   However current build costs are in the region of £1.1m per MWp or £5.5m for a 5MWp.

After the 20-25 year period there will be no FIT or ROC payments available. However the income from exporting the power will still exist.

After 20 years the system should still be outputting 3.65m kWhs. Currently a solar farm receives about 5p for each kWh sent into the grid, obviously in the future these rates will be more. Assuming todays rates stand, a 5MWp farm will still generate (3,650,000 x £0.05) £182,500 per annum in export revenue.

 

It is worth noting that the farmer may need to get the system through planning again, however there should be no complication as it will have already been in place for 20 – 25 years.

 If at the end of the 25 years the Farmer wished his land returned to agricultural use, we do the remedial work, remove the solar technology if asked to do so and return land back to original land use state?.

 

 Planning

 

Ideal sites are fields away from roads (but still with access), can’t be seen from any buildings and are in areas with no/little other planning applications for solar farms.

 The considerations for planning are that the land can’t be seen from any roads or properties.The issues with planning come about when local residents can see the site and may likely object.

  

 Offer to Residents in a proposed Solar Farm area - free electricity from their own Solar PV panels

 The offer to local residents will be a Self-Funding Energy Savings & Resource Ownership Loan that pays for itself to be able to install Solar PV on their own properties enabling them to receive renewable energy supply, receive export tariff revenue and also the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), which can amount to savings and revenues of over a 20 year FIT period.

Landowners or Farmers could directly purchase smaller systems offering larger revenues or PSECC can provide seven year loans that “Pay for Themselves”

Small 500 KW Solar Array for Farm Land Seven year loan option for a small 500 KW

(2,000 solar pv panels) option requires only 3 acres of land.

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Other examples of ibvogt solar farms

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Sub Station required within one mile for Solar Farm connection to the National Grid - if renting land scheme.

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Solar Farm by ibVogt Solar

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500 KW Solar PV system for farm Buildings

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500 KW Direct purchase scenario for Farm buildings

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150 KW Solar PV system Direct Purchase

50 KW Solar PV system Direct Purchase for Farm buildings

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Performance and reliability

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250 KW Solar PV system for farm buildings

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Planning

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Solar PV for Chicken farmers

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A Farmer or Landowner could receive £800 per acre per year for 25 years to be paid to you for renting your land for a Solar Farm.

If you wish to extend to another 25 years  another 50% share each year will be paid to you amounting to about £200,000 per year for 25 years = £5 million.

DECC have announced that support for solar greater than 250KW to 5MW will be given similar to Feed-In-Tariff levels for that size of system.

Ideally about 30 acres made available near to a good Grid connection. With Solar Selections Ltd the Farmer would be paid £1,000 per acrea per year for 25 years to rent this land to Solar Developer.

 We are a cost and obligation free service, helping clients to compare procurement options for commercial solar projects and solar farms.

The process of establishing commercial sized solar energy systems is a speciality of Solar Selections. With a multiple megawatt (MW) international experience base, Solar Selections’ Commercial Solar Brokers manage projects for our clients across the entire United Kingdom.

 A tender management approach is employed that involves utilising our independent and impartial perspective to evaluate the correct approach to a project and deliver outcomes on time and to budget. Our network of over 40 installation companies gives us a wide catchment of potential quotations. We operate by utilising a commission agreement with the installer and in addition are able to obtain better pricing than approaching installers directly. We have unique fully funded options exclusively available for our clients.

 Canvassing the elements involved, Solar Selections Commercial sits alongside our clients at the table, managing the entire process from concept to solution. From 10 kWp agriculture projects on the spare paddock to multi-stage commercial roll-outs, our tailored and impartial approach produces the results that you are looking for.

 

Solar Farms in the UK - we are able to offer Farmers £1,000 per acre for each year over a 20 year period to rent their land for a Solar Farm

 What better utilisation of spare land and roof space exists in the UK than solar farming? With component costs at all time lows in 2012, decades of warranty periods covering performance and maintenance (O&M) and comprehensive income-stream protection insurance available; the approach is more popular than ever. Solar farms are more effective than wind farms for long term investment return given the current availability of feed-in tariffs for up to 5MWp systems. Add to this the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) rewards for utility scale generation and the policy backing for solar farming in the UK is complete.

 It is a complicated endeavor with many options on scale, product, finance and supplier to consider. Solar Selections provides a diligent and impartial perspective on the variable aspects involved and is here to help ensure solar farmers and informed and empowered to make the right solar choice. With unique finance and loan opportunities available, contact our team today about turning your spare land and dead roof space into a profitable asset today.

 

 Commercial and Industrial Solar Projects in the UK

 

The large and often cleared spaces that exist on many scores of commercial and industrial properties across the UK present another unique opportunity for business owners. By analysing energy consumption information on site in comparison with the fiscal and energy returns, Solar Selections professionally evaluates suitability and if present manages projects through to past the installation for our clients. Experienced in everything from restaurant roofs to mining facilities, Solar Selections Commercial simplifies and qualifies the process of greening up the image of your facility whilst earning money from the energy generated and saved.

 

 Solar Selections Commercial

 

Circumstances vary from region to region and from property to property. If you are interested in owning and running a solar farm or commercial installation, Solar Selections' commercial solar power team would be delighted to hear from you. We can offer you professional consultancy and management advice on your project. Please contact General Manager Tom Charlesworth on 0844 567 9835 or send an email to sales@solarselections.co.uk for more information.

 

 Commercial and Industrial Solar Projects in the UK

 

The large and often cleared spaces that exist on many scores of commercial and industrial properties across the UK present another unique opportunity for business owners. By analysing energy consumption information on site in comparison with the fiscal and energy returns, Solar Selections professionally evaluates suitability and if present manages projects through to past the installation for our clients. Experienced in everything from restaurant roofs to mining facilities, Solar Selections Commercial simplifies and qualifies the process of greening up the image of your facility whilst earning money from the energy generated and saved.

 

 

Solar Selections Commercial

 

Circumstances vary from region to region and from property to property. If you are interested in owning and running a solar farm or commercial installation, Solar Selections' commercial solar power team would be delighted to hear from you. We can offer you professional consultancy and management advice on your project.

 

 Solar Farms in the UK

 Solar Selections can help you find the best deal in going solar with your land

 We are a cost and obligation free service. We help individuals compare procurement options for solar farms and commercial projects.

 There are now many funds looking to invest into large scale solar projects. These funds will pay handsome rental rates for land which is fixed for up to 25 years. This promises both a lucrative and risk free return. Therefore, if you have land near to grid connection, out of site from roads, with good access and rock free topsoil, call Solar Selections today to discuss your options. Brownfield sites are of even greater value.

 Solar Selections and its parent firm Solar Choice have provided tender management services on a number of large-scale solar power projects, including solar farms in the UK and regional Australia. The Solar Selections management team's experience and knowledge enable us to provide impartial advice on which solar system components are best-suited to a client's needs, and at what price.

 

 A Solar Power Farm in Oxfordshire, England. (Photo: Solarpower portal.co.uk)

 What sort of financial benefits do solar farms offer?

 With even a moderately sized plot of land, a landowner stands to reap the economic benefits of having a solar farm installed on part of their property; There are a number of government incentive mechanisms for solar power available that have been put in place to encourage the uptake of solar power and other forms of renewable energy.

 The tariff rates for solar farming systems are as follows (all under review at present):

 

 Tariff for >4kW-10kW PV Installs = 16.8p/kWh (in year one*)

 Tariff for >10-50kW PV installs = 15.2p/kWh (in year one*).

 Tariff for >50kW - 250kW = 12.9p/kWh (in year one*).

 Tariff for >250kW - 5MW = 8.9p/kWh (in year one*).

 

 Prices will increase each year based on the Retail Price Index, so the value of the generation tariff, export tariff and the savings made by using your own energy will all increase. On average, an increase of 3% RPI for the next 10 years and then 5% RPI for every year after that is used.

 

Solar farms: What else do you need to consider?

 The size of the solar panel array on a solar farm varies depending on property energy requirements and available space. For greater flexibility and range of options, both roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems can be arranged.

 Circumstances vary from region to region and from property to property. If you are interested in owning and running a solar farm, Solar Selections' commercial solar wing manages the tender process for a wide variety of large-scale solar power projects throughout the UK, including rural solar farms. We can offer you professional consultancy and management advice on your project. Please contact General Manager Alan Brewer at PSECC in the first instance on 07763-977634 or alan@psecc.org.uk for more information regarding PSECC offer.

 As part of the planning process a range of studies, typically to find out about existing ecology and other aspects of the site. These reports and the design for the solar farm will make up the planning application.

 Typically the construction phase of a 40 acre site would be around 16 weeks. Over this period there would be up to 100 lorry deliveries to the site. There may be some construction noise, but far less than for most other types of developments. After construction, traffic to the solar farm will be minimal with occasional maintenance visits and ground maintenance e.g. through mowing or grazing.

 

 

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 A solar farm recently put up on land near South Molton

 A PLAN for a series of solar farms has been approved following swathes of opposition across Mid Devon.

 District planners have paved the way for the development of 33,684 photovoltaic panels which will stretch over more than 30 acres of farmland at a total of six sites.

 The green energy systems will be built at Kentisbeare, Poughill, Morchard Bishop, Black Dog, Burlescombe and Templeton and are expected to produce enough clean energy for more than 3,000 homes.

 

Broadgate Farm, Morchard Bishop, near Crediton, is set to have the biggest solar farm with a total of 6,528 panels which will be spread over a site of more than 10 acres. Objector Mary Ann Hill said it would have a "catastrophic impact on the environment."

"The lack of sensitivity shown in siting this monstrous construction at this highly visible location, beggars belief," Mrs Hill, who lives in Black Dog, said in a letter to the authority.

 "It was obviously chosen by people unaffected by the enormous eyesore it presents to the people who either live here, or those who choose to visit for the famous peace, tranquillity and unspoilt attributes that this area is renowned for."

 

A council report said that the area was neither excellent or good quality agricultural land but there were policies in place which protected areas which had the highest value.

 Julie Rudge, secretary of the Mid Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England was concerned about the proposal to put up 5,328 solar panels at Summerlands, Welsbeare Lane, Poughill.

 She said the panels, which were likely to sit on 3m high frames, the various structures and associated wire mesh fencing would alter the character of the area.

 

 Mrs Rudge said: "The application would change the use of land from agricultural to industrial resulting in a loss of farming land at a time when the country is looking to greater self-sufficiency."

 While officers accepted the appearance of the area would change, they did not believe it would be sufficiently harmful to justify the refusal of planning permission.

 The CPRE has also raised concern over the loss of farmland at Higher Pirzwell, Kentisbeare, which is to be developed with a total of 6,180 panels.

 But the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, does not believe it will significantly affect conservation on the landscape.

 Dr Alasdair Sutter, of Black Dog, believed development of solar panels on roofs of buildings in the village would be a "better use of public money" than the development of an array of 6,144 panels at Northwood Farm.

 

 Templeton Parish Council is unhappy about the size of a solar farm earmarked for West Bradley Farm, which will have a total of 4,128 panels.

 A total of 5,376 panels will also be put up at Barton Farm, Burlescombe.

 Planning permission is subject to extensive conditions including the safeguarding of protected wildlife species, as well as adequate screening to protect the surrounding landscape.

 

 

 

"The development is considered acceptable with regard to its design and siting, visual and landscape impacts, archaeology and wildlife, highway safety, flooding and drainage and the residential amenities of nearby occupiers.

 "The contribution of the scheme to renewable energy targets on land that is not considered to be the best and most versatile for agriculture, is considered to outweigh any limited harm that may arise as a result of the development," the council said

 

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