Solar on Your Land
If you are interested in leasing your land for a solar project, the team at Trajectory Energy Partners can take a look at your site online and set up a time to meet to discuss further.
“Trajectory worked with our family farm to bring a solar project that brings us strong cash rents and a long term solar asset for the community. The Trajectory team worked with state and local authorities and managed the entire process successfully from beginning to end. We could not be more pleased.”Rob Rotering, Gar Creek Solar Landowner
If you’d like to consider leasing your land for solar, here’s the steps in the process that Trajectory Energy Partners will work with you on.
INITIAL ONLINE ASSESSMENT
Our team can tell a lot about the suitability of your land by looking online. Send us info on your parcel and we can take a look at online data bases to answer key questions about the site.
If your land has potential for solar, Trajectory Energy Partners will find a time to talk through the process, and learn more about your site. A typical initial discussion will take 1-2 hours.
If your land passes the initial screen, we’ll work with you to finalize an option for a site lease. Solar leases are typically up to 35 years.
During the option period, we will work with your local utility to study the feasibility of interconnecting to the local electric grid, one of the key factors for a successful solar project.
During the option period, we will work with local officials to apply for the permits necessary for the project. Trajectory Energy Partners will work with you to make sure the project is introduced to the community the right way. We will reach out to local neighbors, talk to local elected officials, and make sure the community understands the benefits the project will bring.
During the option period, we will do additional work on the site to make sure it is suitable for a solar projects. This typically includes an ALTA survey, some geotechnical work and, if applicable, wetlands delineation.
WOULD YOUR LAND WORK FOR SOLAR?
Trajectory Energy Partners can help you determine if leasing your land for a solar farm is an option. Here’s what we are looking for:
SIZE AND SHAPE
Parcels as small as 30 acres can work for a community solar project, and the largest systems need over 100 acres. Trajectory Energy Partners works with each landowner to make sure the site for the solar project leaves room for accessing any part of the parcel still being farmed and makes sure the project integrates into the local landscape.
We need to be able to access the parcel from local roads. We will install an access road to reach the project from the main road and work with you to make sure the location of the access road works for your continued farming operations on the rest of your land.
Solar can be on land with a slope as long as it isn’t north facing. An even slope is better than rolling terrain, which makes it harder to build a system. Trajectory Energy Partners can easily measure the slope on site when visiting your parcel or take measurements from an online land database.
LENGTH OF LEASE
Our solar leases are up to 35 years, and at the end of the lease the project will be decommissioned and may return to its original use. Only a landowner can decide if solar is the best use for your land for the next 35 years, Trajectory Energy Partners can help you evaluate your options.
Solar projects connect to the electric grid and need to be near electric lines large enough to transport the solar energy. Specifically, solar projects need access to 3-phase electric lines that are within a couple miles of a substation. Trajectory Energy Partners can determine if the electric lines near your land are large enough to connect a project to.
AVOIDING WETLANDS AND FLOOD PLAINS
Solar systems should be sited outside of flood plains or wetlands. Trajectory Energy Partners can determine from field visits and online data if there are any floodplains or wetlands that would prevent a site from being suitable for a solar project.