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Become A Solar Farmer

Join over 100 solar farms around the U.S. developed by ESA Solar, a dependable company with relevant experience specializing in the development, permitting, engineering, financing, and construction of solar farms.

ESA's influence extends beyond operating solar energy projects, and solar installation. We are an experienced solar company, providing commercial and industrial facilities renewable energy solutions. View more about our latest developments in our case studies.

How a solar farm can create a long-term fixed income for landowners

We build the solar farms with our own capital at no cost to you, insure the property,
maintain the solar farm, and pay any increase in the property taxes. Our lease rates are 
calculated per acre per year and can include an annual escalator.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a solar farm?
A solar farm is a large clean energy generation facility that transforms sunlight into electricity utilizing a vast array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, and contributing to a more sustainable energy future.
I thought solar panels were inefficient and expensive.  How do I know this is financially viable for the long term?
The cost of electricity from solar farms has dropped 90% in the past decade, making it the most cost-effective source of electricity. The reliability of these projects allows us to sign long-term PPA agreements that guarantee the project's lifespan.
Will property taxes increase with the solar project being built on my land? Who is going to pay for those taxes?
Yes, property taxes will increase on the land due to the value of the equipment that will be installed. Through the lease agreement, we are responsible for paying the increase in property taxes over the entire period that we are leasing your land.
How long until you will be ready to start construction?
That is no problem! On average, projects of this scale take about two to three years of development work prior to the start of construction. The first 18-24 months will largely consist of engineering, technical studies, state regulatory approvals, and local permitting approvals.

The first 18-24 months will largely consist of engineering, technical studies, state regulatory approvals, permits, and local permitting, and working alongside your local power company to obtain approvals
What if we are in the middle of a growing season and you need to start construction?
We typically avoid this scenario because we understand the hard work and financial investment that farmers have in time, materials, seeds, fertilizer, etc. However, if we need to start construction before you can harvest, in the lease agreement, we include a "Crop Loss" provision. This provision states that we will be responsible for compensating you or your tenant farmer at the fair market value of the existing crop. We frequently work with local agricultural extension offices and appraisers to ensure that the evaluation is independent and fair.
Are you going to cover my land in concrete? How are these projects built?
No, our solar farms do not sit on concrete slabs. Modern installations use an environmentally friendly process involving anchoring steel posts into the ground and then connecting steel beams to these posts. The solar panels are securely mounted on these beams. This method allows more than 95% of the land to retain its permeability, minimizing the environmental impact. Additionally, most access roads within the site are left unpaved, and concrete pads are typically reserved for transformers and smaller electrical equipment. This sustainable construction approach helps preserve the land and reduce the project's ecological footprint.
Can the land return back to farmland at the end of the lease?
Absolutely. The typical solar lifespan is about two to three decades. Giving the land a break from constant monocrop agriculture allows the soil to regenerate and be even more productive than it was before the panels were installed. We minimize the environmental impact by adopting holistic land management practices such as planting native grasses, using grazing livestock for vegetative management, and limiting the use of heavy machinery for maintenance. This sustainable land management strategy helps to foster a healthier and more resilient ecosystem.
Who removes the solar project at the end of the lease?
We will be responsible for this. Under the lease agreement, there is a "Restoration Period" which obligates the tenant to remove all of the equipment. Over 90% of the weight of a project is in steel, aluminum, copper and glass which all have salvage values.
Will you have an insurance policy on the solar project? Can I be listed as an additionally insured party?
Yes, and yes. We will obtain and keep in effect at all times during the term of the agreement comprehensive general liability insurance of not less than $1,000,000. In the lease agreement, the landowner has the option to be added as an additionally insured party.
Do solar farms create noise pollution?
Solar panels themselves operate silently. However, if they are mounted on a dual axis or tracking system, there may be some minimal noise associated with the racks making slight adjustments as they track the sun's movement to optimize sun exposure throughout the day and seasons. The panels move only a few inches at a time, with each adjustment taking just a few seconds. Additionally, electrical inverters and transformers, strategically positioned at the center of the site, emit a low hum similar to that of an air conditioner during daylight hours. Rest assured, we take measures to ensure that this hum and the noise from the racks remain imperceptible to nearby residents and businesses, prioritizing a quiet and unobtrusive operation.
Will there be hazardous materials?
No. There will be no hazardous materials used in the construction or operation of the project, beyond the fuel required for construction equipment.
What is the height of the solar panels once installed?
Because the solar panels track the sun throughout the day, they range in height between 7-13' at the highest point.
I live on-site.  How will this impact my property value?
There is substantial research indicating that there is no negative impact on the environment or adjacent property values. The reason is largely because the solar farm business does not create any negative traffic, sound, odor, or pollution impacts. In addition, we have the ability to engage landscape architects to strategically design and install vegetative buffers that help conceal the solar farm.

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