Development of a solar PV plant on brownfield or marginally productive land is a useful income diversification tool for many landowners. Landowners are able to earn a stable, inflation-linked income for at least 25 years, while supporting the UK Government's goal of achieving domestic energy security through clean, affordable power generation.
Northfield UK Solar works with each individual landowner to ensure that an array of options is available to them once the solar PV park is operational. These include sheep grazing to assist in the reintroduction of organic matter into depleted soil and/or the establishment of native plants to provide pollen and nectar for species such as the native bee population. Over time, such activities, alongside renewable generation have proved effective measures of increasing biodiversity.
Site Characteristics and Lease Terms
Northfield UK Solar works with landowners to achieve a 25-year inflation linked lease upon receipt of all required consents and commencement of construction. The site lease amount per acre will depend on site latitude, solar PV insolation, and other site characteristics. Northfield will cover the cost of all studies at no risk to the landowner, and the landowner will be free to continue normal activities until commencement of construction. While each site is unique and warrants inspection, below are site characteristics that we feel contribute to a high commercial success rate. Northfield will work with each landowner to ensure that sheep grazing and other low impact activities may be possible after plant commences operation.
Sites between 150 acres to 1000 acres
Former brownfield sites such as disused airfields, industrial/former remediated mining sites and agricultural land grade 3b or below preferred
A high voltage connection line or substation nearby, ideally situated on or adjacent to landowner’s land
Flat and south facing land preferred, but not a necessity
Low visual impact from surrounding villages and houses or from neighboring lookout points; within industrial settings is preferred, though by no means necessary
If you would like to discuss opportunities with Northfield, please click on the link below and send us a paragraph with your name, approximate site location, short site description, and contact information and availability for a further discussion.