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  • Joined Apr 2012
DIY solar farm?
« on: May 31, 2022, 08:33:11 am »
Anyone tried building their own solar farm? Is it possible to cut out the middle men? Does red-tape make it impossible for an individual land owner to do this?
I have just under 5 acres. Last time I looked at renting to a solar farming company, they weren't interested in anything under 10 acres.
We're in prime solar country, Dorset. Surrounded by solar farms!


  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: DIY solar farm?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2022, 01:34:27 pm »
Further to my question, after a quick google, it appears that renting to a solar developer gets you about 800-1000 per acre per year.
5 acres is enough for 1MW of panels (at a cost of probably half a million quid), so assuming you got on average 3 hours a day full power (big assumption) and you can get 5p a unit, about 55k a year in generated electricity. So 10 years to get to break even.
If I am reading the charts right, Dorset gets 3kwh per kw of panels a day, on average.
I have no idea what grants are available or what tariffs bigger generators get.


  • Joined Sep 2011
  • West Yorks
Re: DIY solar farm?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2022, 10:26:38 am »
I had a look at this a few weeks ago, you could join with a neighbouring farmer to get to the required acreage for renting?


  • Joined Aug 2014
Re: DIY solar farm?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2022, 10:57:16 pm »
Wouldn't planning permission be the stumbling block.Solar farms round here in Shropshire tend to be 50 acres at least.Access to power grid and flat land usually desireable.Planning could take 2 years....if you could get it.You'd need a consultant and could be expensive. You'd also upset your neighbours.


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