Creating a solar park

What we’re looking for

We work hard to make sure each of our sites reach their full potential and produce as much clean and renewable energy as possible. For this reason, we particularly look for suitable sites with strong levels of solar irradiation, which in England goes from Lancashire and Lincolnshire to Cornwall and Kent, and in Wales from Anglesey to the Severn Bridge.

There are three main factors which we take into account when we consider a site:

  • Location
  • Land characteristics
  • Legal issues

In order to proceed with a site we would usually ask that the land is:

  • Well screened from visibility to people in the local area
  • Grade 2/3 or poorer – we don’t use land that would be better suited for growing food and other crops
  • Not in or next to a designated protected area such as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI), Ancient Woodland, National Park, World Heritage Site or Scheduled Ancient Monument
  • Well drained, with no flood risk
  • Not crossed by footpaths or rights of way – we want to preserve and encourage access to the countryside
  • South facing
  • Flat or gently sloping south – to minimise visibility for people in the area whilst maximising the energy generated
  • Between 30-200 acres (12-81) hectares in size
  • Under single ownership
  • Unobstructed by any pylons, towers or large trees which could shade the panels
  • Crossed by 33kv power lines and/or close to an 11-33kv electricity substation, both of which must have the capacity to carry the power generated by the solar park.

After conducting detailed surveys to make sure a site is suitable we will work with you to progress the project. This involves making a number of agreements which will allow:

  • Access to the land for the Distribution Network Operator. The operator must be legally allowed to access the land which is why landowners need to sign an Authorisation Letter.
  • An option to lease the land for 26 years. This is the period during which solar panels are at their most efficient and can produce the maximum amount of clean energy. In order to protect the funding for the park, our lease agreements have fixed terms and are not ordinarily able to be negotiated. This document is signed later in the development process of the site when the landowner has become familiar with the project.
  • A Heads of Terms Agreement to be put in place.
  • A 12 month Exclusivity Agreement to be made between the landowner and Hive Energy.

What you can expect from us

We really believe in choosing the right project for the right place. We’re dedicated to ensuring that not only do our parks generate clean and renewable energy to power thousands of homes, but that our sites are compatible with local people and the environment.

Should we take a project forward, we will work closely with you throughout the entire process, from initial environment and ecological studies to park installation and operation:

  • We consult local people and stakeholders to gauge their feedback and listen to their views on the project
  • We commission independent assessments to investigate whether the land quality, location and environmental factors meet strict planning requirements
  • We submit a thorough planning application to the local authority
  • We manage the installation of solar panels and their connection to the local grid
  • We maintain the panels throughout their lifetime
  • We dismantle the park at the end of its life

Contact us

If you want to find out more about how energy captured from the sun can bring a positive difference to your business, contact us now:

Hugh Brennan

Tel: 01794 324 343

Mob: 07926 523 187

Email: hugh.brennan@hiveenergy.co.uk