Solar farms can be designed on parcels as small as one acre and as large as 100 acres or more. Due to land values, they are usually located in rural areas. Solar farms go through a rigorous planning procedure before being approved. During this process, issues such as site sustainability, potential area, and environmental impact, and relevant renewable energy targets are considered.
Whether your particular parcel is suited for solar installation will depend upon the cost of development and the amount of power that can be generated. Factors that may determine the cost and power output include:
- Parcel size
- The existence of wetlands, slope, soil conditions, or other issues that complicate the construction and design
- Amount of south-facing sun
- Distance to power lines
- Grid capacity in your location
- Characteristics of abutting parcels
Rooftop and Carports
Rooftop and carport solar projects are not nearly as complex to plan and construct as solar farms. These systems are less complicated than solar farms, but they can have many of the same issues. Because of their scope, they inherently produce less power. Smaller projects are also subject to fluctuation in design and construction costs.
Not all buildings can support a rooftop or carport-based solar energy system without considerable renovation or additional construction. We can help you determine the best solution that takes your needs, current structures, and other factors into consideration.
Contact one of our Solar On Earth Commercial Consultants to find out whether you can benefit.