If you are a landowner thinking about hosting a renewable energy project, take a look at the information below and get in touch to speak to a member of our development team.
We offer competitive rental terms which provide a long-term, inflation-linked income.
The solar panels only occupy around a third of the land area, leaving lots of space. As well as receiving a rental income, it is often possible to graze small livestock (such as sheep or poultry) on the site.
Aura Power covers all development costs. We will also cover your reasonable third-party costs (e.g. your lawyer’s fees).
Solar can provide an excellent way of diversifying your land management business by adding an income stream that is not linked to agriculture and requires little or no management.
Seeding the areas around the panels with appropriate grass mixes and wildflowers provides a habitat for bees and other pollinators, and enhances the condition of the topsoil.
Upon signing an Option for Lease, we will pay an Option fee.
Aura Power has a dedicated team focused on the development of solar farms and battery storage systems. We work at all levels of project development from initial site identification, through planning and with our joint venture EPC partners, construction and operation.
Careful site selection is the foundation of our business and we only develop sites that we believe will become fully operational.
Building good relationships with landowners is the most important part of site selection and we ensure that we keep landowners fully involved throughout the development process.
We liaise with local authorities and the community to ensure the site has a minimal visual impact. Our designers ensure the farm complies with any specific regulations and that any environmental issues are full addressed.
For both solar farms and battery storage systems, proximity to the electricity network, with sufficient capacity, is crucial to the viability of a project. Our development teams will identify suitable connections as one of the first steps in looking for suitable land.
If your land is near to or beneath existing electrical infrastructure, we'd love to hear from you.
Large, flat fields make the best solar farms, but with careful design it is also possible to work on undulating or sloping land ideally well hidden with existing vegetation. For battery storage sites we generally look for 3-4 acres of disused brownfield land, though isolated greenfield sites can also be considered.
Lots of other factors need to be taken into account, and we will sit down with you early on to review the design options for your farm.
There are no costs for you as the landowner. Aura Power will fund all development costs and will cover any reasonable third-party costs that you incur (for example your lawyer’s fees). All we ask from you is that you take the time to meet with us on a regular basis (every few months) during the development process so that we can keep you updated and ask your input when needed.
We have a rigorous selection process that takes into account solar irradiation, proximity to a viable grid connection, land topography, ground conditions, land designations, zoning and many more points. Our site selection team can quickly analyse any potential site so that we respond to landowners in a timely fashion.
For solar sites, typically we require a minimum of 10 hectares (25 acres) from one landowner though we often look to work with multiple landowners in the same area.
The solar panels are mounted on steel frames which are supported on a network of steel piles. These piles are driven into the ground to a depth of between 1 and 2m (depending on ground conditions). This work is low impact and can be carried out by small vehicles similar to those used for driving in fence posts. In addition to the panels, two or three small control buildings will be built to house transformers and other components. These buildings require a concrete foundation but are only single story.
The construction process of a solar farm is relatively quick as there are only limited preparatory works to be carried out. Construction is usually complete within 3 -6 months.
Battery storage systems can be built in around 3 months.
Solar farms and battery storage systems have an operating life of at least 30 years.
All components and infrastructure will be dismantled and removed from site and the land will be restored to its original condition. Panels are recycled and the de-commissioning costs will be covered by us.
As solar panels have no moving parts, they require very little maintenance. A remote monitoring system allows our operations team to know instantly when a fault arises. A two-person maintenance team will typically visit the site several times per year.
Solar power projects provide regular income and are widely recognised as assets to property by real estate agents and surveyors. Our lease agreement allows you to sell your land with the project in situ and the value of the future rental income would likely be reflected in an increased sale price.
You can graze small livestock such as sheep on the solar park. A number of studies on the quantity and quality of forage available in solar farms have suggested that overall production is no different from open grassland under similar conditions.
Interested in diversifying your land? Fill out our Contact Form and one of our team will be in touch.