What is a Ground Mounted Solar Project?

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"Baker Point Solar has provided us the opportunity to generate affordable energy, and tax dollars for the schools our grandkids attend." Glen and Rebecca Eaves, Frederick, Md.

Ground-mounted solar is the sustainable harvesting of sunshine, using safe, modern technology to capture and convert the sun’s rays into electricity.

Rather than placing panels on rooftops, OneEnergy’s projects are sited at ground level and produces enough clean, renewable energy to power multiple homes and businesses–even entire towns.

Solar arrays are safe in every respect, don’t use your water, and leave behind healthy, rested land with no permanent footprint.

As a landowner, solar is one of the easiest crops you could have. You are not responsible for costs associated with the solar array during the life of the lease, and it preserves your land for generations to come.

As a conscientious developer of solar projects, OneEnergy believes that trust is the cornerstone of our relationship with our landowner partners. Which, in part, means we work with you from the earliest stage of the project to ensure your questions are answered.

Solar + Farming: Naturally Compatible

For farmers, solar is a thoughtful way to diversify farm revenue and add a new crop to your land’s portfolio. That’s why we work with landowners during the design of our projects to ensure farming can continue around the array.

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.

As a landowner, solar is one of the easiest crops you can have. It offers the opportunity to keep your land intact, your soil healthy, and to preserve your land for generations to come.

Cambridge Solar is going to give us a steady and reliable source of income that will help us continue to operate as a farm. Mark Adams, Cambridge, Md.

Solar: Good for Pollinators + Land

The acres of pollinator habitat we plant as part of the project benefit soil and water quality by improving ground filtration, reducing runoff, and providing habitat for native bees, birds, and butterflies. Depending upon the project’s location,  sometimes we also incorporate vegetative screening which can add to the view.

In fact, the Argonne National Laboratory says “By increasing the ability of pollinators to pollinate adjacent agricultural fields, solar-sited pollinator habitat may boost farmer’s crop yields and make solar farms a more welcome neighbor to agricultural farms..

When a solar array has reached the end of its useful life, we follow a strict decommissioning plan to remove the panels and recycle all equipment possible, leaving behind well-rested soil that can immediately be returned to its previous use.

The area around solar panels can provide an ideal location for the plants that attract pollinators. Argonne National Laboratory

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 offers the potential to keep your land intact, your soil healthy, and preserve your land for generations to come.

Commonly Asked Questions

Is Solar A Good Fit for Your Property?

Working with you, OneEnergy completes an initial review of the proposed site to ensure it has three key ingredients: dependable amounts of sunshine, relatively flat land free of trees or wetlands, and close proximity to electrical infrastructure. If the land is suitable, OneEnergy will often offer the property owner a lease.

The next phase (referred to as ‘due diligence’) usually takes 18-36 months. During this time we will conduct in-depth studies and secure necessary permits. OneEnergy’s team works offsite more than onsite during this time, so the landowner may continue to sow crops or use the land as you wish throughout this timeframe. OneEnergy is committed to minimal disturbance at all times.

When a solar project’s life is over, the components are removed and recycled, and the former array leaves behind well-rested soil that can immediately be returned to its previous use.

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


If you are a landowner and would like to inquire about leasing your land for solar, please click here.