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Secure your family’s land with solar

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A global leader in the development, financing and construction of utility-scale solar.

Diversify your business, generate additional income and continue farming your land, while combatting climate change.

No one in the rural community needs to be told that the current economy is hard on farmers.

Costs are high, profits are uncertain and the future feels very unclear. Diversifying farm income is one way to make sure that your business can continue moving forward.

Leasing land for solar and storage is a sustainable way to secure long-term, index-linked income for your farm for decades to come, and you can still farm the land once the panels are in place.

Solar is becoming an increasingly popular option for farmers and landowners across the UK – it’s weather-proof, comes with decades of guaranteed income and has the added benefit of having significant positive impacts for the land, the local community and the environment.

Every solar project generates green, renewable electricity for businesses, utilities and communities, and contributes towards meeting vital government targets aimed at combatting both the energy and climate crises.

Leasing your land for solar doesn’t mean abandoning traditional farming practices, either.

Solar farms are the perfect place to graze sheep, so you will find that by renting your land for solar you’re able to make the acres work twice as hard – income from the panels, and income from your flock.

Solar panels provide shade and shelter for sheep, while the secure fencing offers protection from predation and harassment.

Research across the world, from America to Australia, suggests that solar grazing is a win for your sheep, and your bottom line.

Sheep in field stood next to solar panels

© Lightsource bp

As well as financial benefits, a solar lease can be a bonus for land quality and local biodiversity.

Properly managed, solar farms can be havens for local wildlife, and there is even evidence to suggest that projects planted with pollinators in mind can have a positive impact on food production.

The disruption to the land from the solar panels is minimal, and land is returned to its original state or better when the lifespan of the project is up.

There is also research which infers that the quality of soil under solar panels improves during the duration of the project.

The positive impacts of solar projects don’t stop at the site boundaries.

Solar projects developed in Northern Ireland are subject to business rates, which means that the local authority will benefit from hundreds of thousands of pounds across the lifespan of each project, potentially even millions, in taxes related to the project.

The business rates paid by the owner of the solar farm on your land could go towards improvements to local services such as schools and community assets, meaning that the project has benefits that go beyond sustainable energy.

Lightsource bp is a leader in UK solar and to date have developed around 20% of the operational large-scale solar in the country.

We’ve been working with farmers across the UK since 2010, on over 230 projects, covering thousands of acres of land.

We’ve got a superb local track record, making us the ideal partner for any landowner looking to make the most of their land, secure long-term income and contribute to the fight against climate change.