There are many potential benefits that having a solar park on your land can provide.
We offer competitive rental terms which provide a long-term, inflation-linked income.
Dual land use
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.
All costs covered
Aura Power covers all development costs. We will also refund your reasonable third-party costs (e.g. your lawyer’s fees).
Solar can provide an excellent way of diversifying income from your land by adding an income stream that is not linked to agriculture.
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 of an option for lease, we will pay an option fee and will also pay the first year’s rent up front at the start of the lease.
Working with you
Aura Power has a dedicated team focused on the development of ground-mounted solar PV energy parks. We work at all levels of project development from initial site identification through planning and construction and on to operational management.
Careful site selection is the foundation of our business and we only develop sites that we believe will become fully operational solar parks. 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.
Is my land suitable?
What we look for
Sunnier sites generate more power and so it is important that we locate sites in the areas that receive the most sunlight. When we analyse your site we will estimate the expected solar yield using satellite data. We may also ask to install temporary sensors to accurately measure solar irradiance.
Large, flat fields make the best solar parks, but with careful design it is also possible to work on undulating or sloping land. Shading from trees and nearby structures needs to 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.
Frequently asked questions
If your question is not answered on this page, please contact us.
What are the costs to me?
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.
How do you select the best land?
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.
How much land do you need?
Typically we require a minimum of 10 hectares (25 acres) to develop a solar park. Some of our parks are significantly larger than this. We often look to work with multiple landowners in the same area.
How is the park built?
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.
How long does it take to build?
The construction process is relatively quick as there are only limited preparatory works to be carried out. Construction is usually complete within 3 months.
How long will it operate for?
Solar panels and the associated infrastructure have an operating life of at least 25 years.
What happens after operation finishes?
All components and infrastructure will be dismantled and removed from site and the land will be restored to its original condition.
What maintenance is needed?
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.
Can I sell the land?
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.
Can I still use the land once the solar park is operational?
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.