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 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. Sy is currently the Executive VP of EternaTile, Inc. EternaTile has completed 6 years of R&D and is now the best performing roofing system on the market. The EternaTile fully integrated BIPV Roofing System will follow later in 2016. The patented EternaTile Roofing System takes rooftop performance and integrates solar PV to the next level by encapsulating solar cells in the roofing tiles. The integrated solar delivers a beautiful rooftop solar solution as compared to mounted solar panels. Contact Sy or visit for more info. He loves working with the Maine Island Trail Association, and other earth friendly organizations. He has a wealth of information regarding solar and industrial technical issues. Specialties: Utility Scale Solar Farm Projects Distributed Utility Pre-Construction Development CAISO Interconnection Application Review
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