What’s a solar farm?

Solar farming is the sustainable harvesting of kilowatts (or megawatts, as the case may be) of sunshine, using modern technology to capture and convert the sun’s rays into electricity. Farming solar energy diversifies your production and adds a new crop to your land’s portfolio. Unlike farming corn or hay, or grazing cattle, solar does not deplete the soil or require irrigation. You’ll be harvesting a renewable resource that promises a stable and long-term source of revenue for your family—one that doesn’t fluctuate with global commodity markets, or vary based upon weather events from year to year.

As a landowner, farming solar is one of the easiest crops you’ll ever have on your land. You’re not responsible for any costs associated with the farm during the life of the lease. And you won’t need to worry about maintaining or irrigating the site.

When a solar farm has reached the end of its useful life, we remove the panels and other equipment, leaving behind rested soil that can immediately be returned to its previous use.

At OneEnergy, we respect the rich tradition of farming in our country and recognize that farmland is often part of a family’s proud heritage. We are committed to the responsible and successful stewardship of your family’s legacy. Solar farming offers the potential to keep to keep your land intact, your soil healthy, and preserve your farmstead for generations to come.

How does it work?

A lot of people have heard of rooftop solar (a few solar panels installed on your home’s roof to power a residence). Solar farms use that same technology, but are designed to generate enough energy to power multiple homes and businesses—rather than just one—and in some cases, entire towns.

Unlike rooftop solar, a solar farm’s panels are mounted in the ground, allowing more panels to be installed. This method, in turn, allows a farm to harvest far more of the sun’s rays and generate far greater amounts of energy.

The key ingredients for a successful solar farm are pretty basic: dependable amounts of sunshine (often called solar insolation), relatively flat land free of trees or wetlands, and close proximity to electrical infrastructure.

What’s next?

First, working with the property owner, OneEnergy completes an initial review of the proposed site, we offer the property owner a lease. The next phase (typically referred to as ‘due diligence’) usually takes 18-36 months. During this time we will produce various in-depth studies and secure the permits required to install a solar farm. During this time period, OneEnergy’s team works offsite more than onsite, so the landowner may sow crops or use the land as they wish.

Installation of the solar farm typically takes a few weeks to a few months, depending on the size. OneEnergy is committed to minimal disturbance at all times, and our solar farm designs incorporate the most sophisticated technology and practices. Solar farms are safe, don’t use your water, and leave behind healthy, rested land with no permanent footprint.

Commonly Asked Questions

Wondering if you can farm solar?

Give us a call or send us an email. One of our development team members will review your property’s characteristics with you and you’ll know pretty quickly if a solar farm is compatible with your land.