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SEIA Guide to Land Leases for Solar


Large scale solar projects, such as community solar and investor-owned solar systems on farms, have expanded rapidly throughout the U.S. These projects can use approximately 6 to 7 acres for every megawatt (MW) of solar installed, so a 5 MW project would require 30 to 35 acres. As a result, solar developers (“developers”) routinely contact farmers and other landowners (“landowners”) to obtain sufficient land to develop a financeable project.

To help land owners understand the opportunities and implications of leasing their property for solar installations, SEIA has developed this comprehensive guide.

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