Solar Farms, Solar Land Lease, Solar Farm, Solar Power, Solar PV, YSG Solar
April 27, 2021

There are plenty of articles available online about solar farms, solar land leasing, and what it all means for the landowner in question. Understandably, most landowners will have a ton of questions for the project developer before they move ahead with a solar land lease. At YSG we’ve covered this topic extensively in the past and now we’ve gone one step further—offering a direct insight into actual conversations between the landowner and the developer.

You can read the first installment in this series by clicking here, and below you’ll find our second Q&A. You can also scroll down past the questions & answers for a list of additional resources concerning solar farms, solar land leases, and solar project development.

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Solar Farm Q&A

The questions and answers provided below have been lightly edited for clarity purposes and ease of reading, but the content remains unchanged from the original Q&A. To ask your own questions, get in touch today. Call at 212.389.9215 or send an email.

Q) I have read over the sample land lease and I have a couple of questions. Firstly, I have an outdoor wood boiler and it produces smoke. Is this a problem?

A) No, that will not be an issue.

Q) In the sample land lease it states, “Landlord and tenant hereby acknowledge that the tenant shall have the right (but shall not be obligated) to trim, cut down or remove, at landlord’s cost, any such buildings, structures, trees, or vegetation in violation.” Just wondering if you could clarify this? I have no problem with clearing trees, but not at my expense. I have the equipment to clear them myself.

A) This would not be necessary, it is just in case there are new buildings or vegetation causing shading on the solar panels after they are installed.

Q) I have a home equity loan on the house. Does this create a problem?

A) No, that is not a problem. Lenders execute a Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreement with YSG Solar that is recorded on the title of the parcel.

Q) Would I have a way to access the land behind the solar farm? Would it be possible to travel around the outside of the fenced area?

A) Yes, you would have access to the rest of your land.

Solar Farms & Solar Land Leases: Further Reading

To read more on the subject of solar farms and solar land leasing, please consult some of our most popular articles below. Of course, you can also contact YSG directly to find out more.

To learn about the key factors determining solar land lease rates, watch our short video below.

Top Solar Land Leasing States & Requirements

YSG Solar services a number of states across the country and we are seeking land for development in those states. Ideally, the parcel of land should meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 10 acres

  • Little to no wetlands

  • Minimal incline (5 degrees at most)

  • Within 1,000 ft of three-phase power

  • Within 3 miles of a substation

Currently, we are seeking land for solar farm development in the states listed below.

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Delaware

  • Illinois

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

If you have any further questions about solar land leasing or developing a solar farm project then reach out to YSG Solar today. YSG will determine whether or not your land is suitable for a solar land lease and discuss your potential earnings from the project. To get in touch, send us an email or call at 212.389.9215.

YSG Solar is a project development company responsible for commoditizing energy infrastructure projects. We work with long-term owners and operators to provide clean energy assets with stable, predictable cash flows. YSG's market focus is distributed generation and utility-scale projects located within North America.


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