Frequently asked questions

Landowner FAQs

As a landowner, how much could I earn?

We only approach landowners when we’re certain we can help them unlock the solar-value of their land with the introduction of new green infrastructure. We do our homework and know the ins and outs of the their land and the suitability of a proposed solar farm plot.

Every site is different, but our diligent approach helps us to get the very best deal for landowners. If you have 50 acres or more and wish to discuss your land’s solar potential, please get in touch and our development team can discuss the next steps with you.

As landowner, what risks do I face?

The financial risks are minimal for the landowner. Our relationship operates as a land rental agreement, bound by a contractual lease.

Your rental agreement is with the individual solar project company; with a predictable level of energy generation, the operational risks are low. A fund is set up in the final years of the lease to make sure money is available for the decommissioning and restoration of your land.

For how long will I be required to lease my land?

The basic lease we require is 40 years.

Is my land suitable for a PV installation?

We carry out an initial review of the land to establish if the land is suitable.  We do this based on a number of factors such as flood risk, shading, visual impact and landscape.

Is planning required and will I be responsible for this?

All ground-based solar installations require planning consent. We manage this process for you.

Is permission required to connect the installation to the National Grid?

The Network Operator will need to give you permission before starting the project. We will manage this process from start to finish.

What happens at the end of the lease?

After the lease finishes, your land will be returned to its current state.  A Schedule of Condition is taken at the start of the project to make sure the land is given back in the right condition. This is a requirement by the local county council to gain planning consent.

Community FAQS

How does a solar PV installation work?

PV panels are installed in south facing rows on the land.  Electrical converters take the DC power which is generated by the PV panels and convert this to AC power – the standard form of electricity for the National Grid.  The power is then stepped up to the required voltage and distributed to the grid.

A generation meter records the amount of electricity generated and supplied to the grid.  The owner of the facility is then paid for the power generated. In return for leasing land, the landowner shares in this revenue through an attractive rental income.  This amount is established at the outset of our agreement with a long-term lease and protected from inflation for 30-40 years.

How long do PV modules last?

The lifespan of PV panels is 40 years. For this reason, our standard lease term is 30 years.  We typically look for options to extend this for another five years (subject to a new planning application), although any extension is up to the landowner.

What is the construction time?

This depends on the size of the installation. A typical build time is around three to six months.

Is there enough sunlight in the UK for PV solar installation?

Yes, PV solar generation can use diffused light (not just direct sunlight) to generate electricity. This means power can be generated even on a cloudy day in winter.

Will there be an impact on the landscape?

Solar farms are designed to minimise the visual impact on the landscape. We work closely with communities to ensure we keep to the rural aesthetic.

Solar panels are designed to absorb light so glint and glare are not a problem.

Will there be a benefit to the local community?

Working in partnership with local communities to unlock a project’s full potential is at the heart of what we do. We work with local people to shape the future of our projects and to ensure the benefits of solar energy developments are realised in a way that positively impacts local people.

This could include, accessible footpaths, new native planting, improved highway safety, outdoor play areas, picnic benches and community orchards. We will listen to suggestions during public consultation to provide the best possible outcome.

What about the wildlife and local environment?

We do our research on the site to understand the wildlife that is present and change our proposals to best support the environment.

Solar projects can improve biodiversity by supporting animal and plant life in a number of ways. These include creating new habitats such as grasslands or wildflower meadows, supporting hedgerow growth and creating wetlands for aquatic life.

Once built will the development be noisy?

The only items which generate noise are the inverters and batteries. We make sure the noise can’t be heard at the site boundary. We also include a full noise assessment within our planning application.

Will there be much disturbance during construction?

We aim to access sites and organise all traffic in such a way that it will have a minimum impact on surrounding communities.

Will there be fencing around the site?

Yes, we will put up a stock fence around the site in order to keep it secure. The fencing will include gates that will allow small mammals to pass through.

Why are most solar farms built on agricultural land?

A large number of solar panels will be needed to support the UK’s ambitions to provide all of our electricity from low carbon sources by the year 2050. Roof spaces and brownfield sites are limited, so agricultural land is used. Solar farms can also improve the quality of the UK’s farmland by promoting biodiversity net gain and soil recovery.

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To learn more, get in touch with a member of the JBM Solar team today: hello@jbm-solar.com