How To Begin Planning A Solar Energy Farm On Your Vacant Land

The majority of things worth doing require more work than one step to accomplish. To execute any complex project, or achieve most worthwhile goals one will need concentration, dedication and time. Attempting to begin planning to install a solar energy farm on your vacant land is not any exception. Here are ways to begin planning a solar energy farm in 5 easy steps.

Step 1. Begin by contacting your planning department to determine permitting requirements. This is really crucial since without building permits you cannot install the solar energy farm. Unless you really complete that step, the project cannot move forward.

Step 2. Check to make sure your land is not in a 100 year flood plain. This is a really important step which will need your full attention and concentration. Check with the title company or use online Federal Emergency Management Administration flood plain maps. The reason you will need this is, if your land is within a 100 year flood plain, it is unlikely that you will be able to obtain insurance for your project

Step 3. Contact your local utility to determine what type of power lines are running adjacent or over your property. The principal reason is to understand if the power lines are suitable for a solar energy farm interconnection. Another essential reason would be to begin the process of determining the available power line capacity.

Step 4. Ask the utility that provides power to the land you want to use about what programs are in place to purchase power from your solar energy farm. Some states have feed-in-tariffs which describe how a solar energy project can connect to the power grid and what price will be paid for the power.

Step 5. Begin to research how you will be able to finance the project. In addition, understand that solar energy farms are expensive.

Finally, for those who have followed the above mentioned tips closely, you will have enough information to contact a company such as Commercial Solar Design.

About Sy Richardson

Sy Richardson is one of the principals at Commercial Solar Design. He brings years of high level client interaction. He is an expert in strategic thinking, problem solving, negotiation and logistics. His first solar company was started in the 80s in Miami Fl where his company installed over 3,000 residential solar systems. In 2008 Mr. Richardson refocused on utility scale solar projects and has many connections in the industry. He founded Commercial Solar Design, a company focused solely on solar farm development projects. Sy is involved in all stages of the solar farm project life. He is also on the research and development team designing a cutting edge customer sited solar thermal electricity generation technology using helium in a closed loop to drive a turbine generator. He is currently designing a distributed urban solar farm smart grid implementation. He loves working with the Maine Island Trail Association, Sierra Club and other earth friendly organizations. He sits on the Solar Leaders Circle and the Climate Protection Campaign Stakeholders Wheel. He has a wealth of information regarding solar and industrial technical issues.
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One Response to How To Begin Planning A Solar Energy Farm On Your Vacant Land

  1. venus pineda says:

    I am working with investors fund manager and we are looking to fund solar farm in Asia. What advised can you give us I am not a technical person, I am more on real estates buying and selling business but the bad economy makes me re invent my business and now I become a projects scout for big funding.
    I am always interested in solar for housing and interested anything that will help environment and mankind. How can you become an adviser to this project?

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