We lease your land: create an additional income
Why should you lease your land for the construction of photovoltaic systems to SENS? There are many reasons for this. Solar parks can give new meaning to farmland and plots of land that have no economic use. Leasing the land to solar companies usually earns farmers more money than a conventional lease and promises secure income over a very long period of time because it is independent of the weather. At the same time, you are making a contribution to the energy transition and environmental protection. Reason enough for many farmers to consider a lease.
We explain what the advantages are, what you should look out for and what options there are for continuing to farm alongside solar power production.
Utilise areas sensibly and profitably
Leasing for PV is a sensible alternative, especially for arable land or grassland with little economic benefit. In this way, you can secure reliable income over a period of 30 years - regardless of the weather and without any effort. In this case, arable land or grassland that is unattractive for agricultural use is particularly suitable.
Lease open spaces and contribute to environmental protection
By leasing your land for solar, you are supporting renewable energy and making a contribution to climate protection. At the same time, local nature benefits from the PV system: during the lease period, the land provides a valuable habitat for numerous plants and animals. The PV system has therefore a positive impact on biodiversity.
Fencing at the optimum height also allows small animals to move freely around the solar park. Animal meadow dwellers settle again and remain largely undisturbed.
Proper green maintenance is crucial to creating a valuable habitat for flora and fauna. The area between the modules can be maintained by mowing or sheep grazing as an ecological alternative. We offer green maintenance as a service from SENS. But you are also welcome to do it yourself and generate additional income.
Agri-PV systems make it possible to combine the cultivation of food with the generation of electricity from solar power. To achieve this, the solar modules are spaced further apart than is usual for ground-mounted systems. This means that fruit, grapes and vegetables can be grown between the rows of modules. The orientation of the PV modules can be fixed or adjustable so that they can be swivelled depending on the space available or weather conditions (see illustration).
The basic idea is that the land under the PV system is used for agricultural purposes. In this way, solar power can also be generated on good soil and harvested twice: solar energy via the modules and fruit or vegetables on the farmland.
We would be happy to discuss the options for setting up a solar park on your property with you.
Agri-photovoltaics as plant protection
The site conditions for the cultivated plants change as a result of an agri-photovoltaic system. The modules partially shade the soil, which can lead to lower yields.
However, there are also positive effects: The superstructures protect the soil from excessive solar radiation or heavy rainfall - an aspect that is becoming increasingly important in times of climate crisis.
Which plants are suitable for agri-photovoltaics?
Due to the partial shading, shade-tolerant plants such as leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce), forage species such as clover grass, various pome, stone and soft fruit species or special plants such as wild garlic are particularly suitable for Agri-PV.
But other plants can also be grown under or between the rows of modules.
Leasing farmland for solar – your advantages
- Secure lease payments over a long period of time.
- By leasing land, you enable the generation of clean electricity from solar energy and thus contribute to the energy transition.
- Our experts take care of project development, construction and operation of the solar system.
- You can generate additional income by maintaining your green space.
- Agri-PV systems offer your plants protection from rain or excessive heat.
Less land for food production?
When PV systems are built on arable land or grassland, critical voices are often raised and warn of a loss of agricultural land. They demand that arable land should be used for food and animal feed production. However, it is clear that the necessary expansion of solar power production through rooftop systems alone is not enough. In addition, sensible and sustainable concepts are now available - keyword Agri-PV - that do not result in the loss of agricultural land.
Another aspect is also not unimportant in this context: in Germany, for example, just under ten per cent of agricultural land is currently used for the cultivation of energy plants. However, generating electricity with ground-mounted PV systems is much more effective, as they generate around 30 times more electricity per hectare per year than biogas plants. If energy generation from biogas were to be replaced by PV, more electricity could be generated on less land, freeing up more agricultural land for food production.
Leasing farmland - what you need to consider
To what extent do I need to involve the community in my decision?
You should involve your municipality in the development and decision-making process from the outset, as it must authorise the construction of photovoltaic systems on your land. To do this, local authorities often have to draw up a development plan and authorise a change to the land use plan. This is followed by the planning and construction period for the solar installation.
Depending on your preference, the initial contact with the municipality can be made by you or by a contact person from SENS.
Get advice from our experts!
Farmers who lease their land for solar energy and thus secure additional income ask themselves many questions. Have all the requirements been met? What remuneration can you expect as a landowner? How should the lease be structured?
We at SENS will be happy to assist you as a partner in answering these and other questions.
We advise owners individually on letting and leasing land for photovoltaic projects.