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Property and Land
Senergy partners with land and commercial building owners for the long-term lease of spaces to develop and construct projects that generate clean energy. We are dedicated to being a trusted land steward, developing projects that bring value to the community (New England; NH and ME).
We will work with the landowner to determine if the property is suitable for solar development. Reach out to us and we will begin the initial property screening.
Initial Contact with Landowner
Much of the initial investigation on the land is done prior to contact with a landowner. For obvious reasons, finding the right piece of land for a large-scale community solar project can be very challenging. There are a number of "Fatal Flaw" issues that must be overcome for community solar projects to work. Projects must be relatively near three-phase power, the land must be fairly flat with no obstructions to the south, and very few obstructions to the east and west. A preliminary investigation is done as to wetlands, setbacks, zoning ordinances, and the ability of the utility lines to carry the capacity of the community solar project. Typically once this initial investigation is completed contact with the owner is made.
Land Lease Option & Lease Agreement
The land lease agreement is the binding document between the landowner and the community solar development company. The lease includes an initial payment to the landowner for the first year of development with two to four 6-month extensions. Once construction starts, the first payment of the lease agreement is paid to the landowner. Leases are typically a 25-year commitment with up to (4) five-year extensions.
During development, the land is surveyed for environmental, habitat, and historical aspects. The project is designed by a team of engineers with input from the utility company. These design iterations will be presented to the landowner for their approval.
Utility Interconnection & Permitting
The final step in our process is to complete interconnection with the utility and permitting with the municipal and state agencies. Then construction can begin.
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