Solar Land-Lease

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Invest in Solar Energy Now to Have a Better Future

It’s not question that the solar industry is on the rise. Some say it’s rapidly pounding on the door of the oil and gas industries to change their outlook. Many oil and gas companies are making the conscious adjustment over to solar energy not only because of the low prices, but also because of the social pressure from the entire world.

With COVID-19 ravaging the world and the healthcare systems, businesses all over the globe are taking some sort of hit, whether that is financial, health, or employment related. The goal to have 100% renewable energy is still looking up, but it may have some slow-downs due to overcoming the political and regulatory status quo, trade tariffs and the Coronavirus crisis.

Investing in Solar will Only Help Your Future

At Pope Energy, we believe solar is inevitable, and that is why we are working with landowners, commercial businesses, real estate owners, farmers, etc. to develop large-scale solar photovoltaic projects to help them utilize renewable energy, save on energy bills, and do their part in eliminating the carbon footprint.

There is a growing demand for companies to incorporate green energy as soon as possible due to the social and economic pressure from around the globe. We are visualizing the future of our energy with only renewables, which means companies eventually will have to make the switch if they want to stay relevant and be successful. So, why not now?

An article written in Solar Magazine states “Oil and gas companies paid a high price to obtain leases to drill on land to extract oil and gas. As prices fluctuate, the leases have put the companies in debit.”

As an owner, you may be thinking to yourself how am I going to afford this upfront? Pope Energy has a financing program where we can work with you to bring financing solutions to build large-scale solar projects. We have the ability to place power purchase agreements or tariff agreements in place, as well as leveraging banking relationships to finance your solar project.

Evidence of New Technology Solidifies the Case for Solar

The technology for solar energy is rapidly improving. There were problems in the past with harsher weather conditions affecting solar panels, as well as energy production at night. We will soon see new technology to allow for bi-facial solar panels as well as seeing technology for solar energy production at night.

This is a no brainer for businesses to start investing in solar energy projects. If the technology is improving and the price is lowering, you’ll see the world turn to renewable energy resources without hesitation because of the long-term reward it has on energy savings and the environment.

Pope Energy is Working Towards a Renewable Energy World

If you’re worried about everything that goes into developing a large-scale solar photovoltaic project, you don’t have to fret. We can assist you with every aspect of solar development from zoning issues to pulling the proper permits to obtaining financing. Around the country, individuals and companies are realizing that investing in solar energy is the future and the key to having a sustainable business. The question for the world is not why but when.

It’s only a matter of time before solar energy is the norm. At Pope Energy, we want you to have a bright future, and that is why we are helping individuals and businesses around the Northeast develop solar projects.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 to learn more about how we can help you get started on your large-scale solar photovoltaic project!

Solar energy jobs in Massachusetts

Massachusetts to Grow Solar Jobs

The state of Massachusetts has been a leader in the solar energy industry in the United States. The state has set a precedent for all other states to follow their renewable energy agenda, so that the country can have a sustainable future. In Massachusetts, policy uncertainty is getting in the way of nonresidential development of solar energy, which means legislatures need to come together and make some changes.

Renewable jobs are growing across the United States, creating sustainable careers for hardworking Americans in some of the most fossil fuel-heavy states. It looks as if the coal industry is turning downwards once again.

Legislation Needs to Step Up with Solar

Legislation in the state of Massachusetts needs to work together with passing bills and keeping the Solar Massachusetts Energy Target on track for 2050. This means expanding the program by 3,200 megawatts for this to happen. There has been a stall on some solar progress in recent years, which has caused thousands to lose their solar energy jobs. Using compliance obligations already in force within existing legislation, regulators need to establish a fixed amount of solar DG as recommended by the Brattle Group Report, Achieving 80% GHG Reduction in New England by 2050. For Massachusetts, which consumes 45% of the electricity in ISO-NE, this fixed amount of solar that would need to be installed each year would equal 0.9 GW -2.5 GW of solar per year. A target of needing to install this level of solar would drive solar and interconnection policy with DOER, D.P.U. and MassDEP.

Allowing customers to adopt solar on not only a residential, but also a commercial scale will help the industry hire back the workers that have lost their jobs. This will help the state of Massachusetts reach a goal of net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, which was passed by the senate recently. If Massachusetts triples the SMART Program, Vote Solar figures it could create 8,000-9,000 new jobs and drive more than $5 billion in solar project investment into the state’s economy.

How Will Solar Energy Impact Jobs?

New renewable solar energy projects are much cheaper than keeping existing coal plants afloat. Building replacement wind and solar facilities will be much less expensive across the board by 2025. With the state’s trend for 100% clean energy goals, the demand for more jobs and workers to build solar panels and wind turbines is growing substantially. As long as legislation cooperates with passing bills on behalf of the clean energy movement, then jobs will be booming in this industry.

According to the National Solar Jobs Census, “Between 2014 and 2019, solar employment increased 44%, five times faster than job growth in the overall U.S. economy.”

 

In the state of Massachusetts, Pope Energy is taking initiative to provide commercial solar energy projects to customers around New England and in New York. If you’re looking to grow your business and be successful while helping to get to 100% clean energy in your state, contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363!

 

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What to Know About the World’s Largest Solar Project

The world’s largest solar project being built in the Middle East is at a record low for cost in solar price. It’s expected to be completed in 2022, and it will stand as the largest single-site solar energy project.

Why is this Solar Project So Cheap?

There are a few places in the Middle East going head to head in seeing if they can hold the record low for solar projects. In Dubai, a project that started in 2013 is looking to get up to 5 gigawatts by 2030. This project set the record low in November with a 1.7 U.S. cents deal for the next 900 megawatts of its solar park.

Qatar decided to take the reins in January with 1.6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Now, United Arab Emirates looks to have the record low again. A 40 percent stake will go to the winners and receive a 30-year PPA contract including construction, procurement, and operations and maintenance.

The Middle East Advantages

To have a successful solar project, there are many factors that have to be in place. In the Middle East, their advantage is the resources, which include large and flat sites, cheap land costs, cheap finance, and massive scale.

Is the COVID-19 Pandemic Affecting Production?

As it looks, there hasn’t been many hiccups with solar projects in the Middle East due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Even as many markets are currently in lockdown, the solar energy sector is still continuing to push their projects.

Pope Energy

At Pope Energy, we’re in the business of providing large-scale solar energy projects for the New England region of the United States. For landowners, real estate owners, farmers, and commercial building owners, solar energy can become a major importance for your business. A long-term investment in solar will pay off down the road.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

 

 

 

 

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The Impossible Solar Farms

Solar energy has become more affordable, beneficial, and accessible in the past several years, which has sparked a movement in the world. Unlikely solar farms are now popping up in parts of the world we never thought could be possible, and they’re working.

Even in places such as Alaska, they are implementing solar farms that are powering homes and towns. This seems so unlikely considering the little amount of sunlight the state of Alaska gets throughout the year.

Solar Farms Spreading All Over the State

Less than six hours of daylight in the winter months, it seems impossible for this farm to harness enough solar energy to power anything. Renewable IPP, an Alaskan Solar Company made this solar farm the largest in the entire state. This solar farm is capable of powering about 120 homes year-round with 11 rows of panels.

A more northerly solar farm is in Fairbanks, AK. Golden Valley Electric Association is just about 200 miles from the arctic circle and consists of a three-acre solar farm. This is the largest at this latitude in the state, even though there are smaller solar farms setup further north.

How Do They Give Us Enough Energy?

With all the snow and minimal sunlight in several parts of Alaska, we wonder how solar farms harness energy for homes and the power grid. Snow and ice can end up covering solar panels in the winter months, which means people have to be hired to clear the snow and ice off for the farms to work properly. In the month of December where it’s mostly dark, there is no reason to go out and keep clearing off the panels, so they let the snow build-up until the month of February.

Another technique these farms use is angling the solar panels, so that the snow will then slide off fairly easy making it less of a struggle clearing off the snow as frequently. New techniques are being implemented such as clear coating the panels to make them slippery.

There is a carbon cost of installing solar farms, but the cost outweighs the future carbon footprint. Alaska is a state where it’s experiencing some of the worst effects of climate change. The fact that solar farms are popping up and benefitting the grid in the state just means that there is no reason for other parts of the country or world to disregard solar energy production.

Pope Energy in Massachusetts

Pope Energy provides photovoltaic solar energy projects across the New England region, as well as New York. If you’re a commercial business owner, landowner, or farmer, consider investing in solar energy projects. Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363!

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Solar Energy Helping Brushfire Communities

Tesla and Atlassian is deploying energy systems to help communities who have been affected by the wildfires in Australia. Australia has been investing in Tesla Energy for energy storage systems to prevent high electricity rates and power outages.

The Wildfires in Australia

Australia faced wildfires that devastated the communities and wildlife in the region. The infrastructure was affected as well, and flooding and storms added to the damage already there. Resilient Energy Collective is helping out by installing solar and battery solutions for sustainable energy in communities that need it the most.

Who is Helping?

A collaborative effort from 5B providing solar systems Tesla providing battery storage, and the funding of $12 million is coming from Mike & Annie Cannon-Brookes. Solar panels are being rolled out for generating electricity within hours with MAVERICK solar technology. Powering back the local grids no matter how remote in the brushfire communities is essential for Australia to recover from this devastating disaster. The energy for these communities will stay on day and night, and it also takes up less space generating twice as much power per square meter.

How is this Benefitting Communities?

With the help collaborative efforts, we’re providing clean, reliable, and resilient solar energy systems to power communities devastated by the brushfires in Australia. A sustainable future is in the future for Australia. Communities will not have to rely on fuel-powered generators that provide short-term solution for all the thousands of people.

  • Save thousands of dollars in fuel costs
  • Communities can focus on the rebuilding process
  • Save time and energy

This solar farm is pre-built and can be folded up and transported to the destination in need. It’s a fantastic, efficient solution to help people after a natural disaster recover their power and focus on getting their houses and lives rebuilt.

No matter the area of disaster, solar energy is playing a major role in giving communities their energy back and more. Pope Energy specializes in providing photovoltaic solar energy projects in the New England area of the United States to system owners, landowners, farms, and real estate owners.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today!

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Restoring Your Solar Project with Pope Energy

Solar energy is improving by the day. Researchers and scientists are developing new ways to harness solar energy for efficiency and a less-costly expense. If you’re a business owner, a landowner, or a farmer with a solar energy project that has been neglected or unfinished, there is a way to restore that project and improve your energy usage.

With Pope Energy, you could finish that photovoltaic solar project or make some changes for improvements if it’s an old solar farm. 

Why Do Solar Projects Stall or Fail?

Depending on location or company you’re investing with, there can be some failures and stalling situations during a solar energy project. Inexperience, engaging poor developers, designers and specifying non-Tier 1 materials for your project are most frequent reasons for project failure.  This is not the case with Pope Energy. When it comes to solar photovoltaic projects, we have years of development and design-build construction experience to assist with the development and construction of your project with Tier 1 materials to ensure the successful development and operation of your solar project.

Here are some reasons why solar energy projects fail or get put on hold:

  • Development Deficiencies – Development of a solar project is a long-term real estate and electrical infrastructure community asset. Short term thinking nearly always causes problems with long term project success.
  • Financial Reasons – Whether this has to do with the solar company or the individual investing, solar energy projects can be stalled by finances. The building process may cost more than was planned, causing the individual or the company to halt the process.
  • Land Surveying – Every aspect of land surveying will need to be incorporated into developing a solar farm, or any type of solar project. If you’re a landowner and start building a solar project, land surveying will have to come first. If this is not incorporated, then you’ll run into some problems along the way including disputes. This will put a pause on some solar projects.
  • Building Codes and Laws – Building codes should never be overlooked because the county or state will put a halt to your solar investment.

We’re Witnessing Major Solar Projects Being Restored

Countries around the globe that have stalled or failed solar projects are looking to restore these projects and get back on track to contributing to the renewable energy movement. Even after natural disasters and major storms, we’re seeing countries looking to rebuild power grids with an emphasis on solar energy. Smaller countries like the Bahamas that are susceptible to hurricane season are smart to look for new ways to restore their power grid. Small islands that get wrecked by hurricanes need a more efficient system, so that when they do get hit by hurricanes, they don’t have to worry as much to restore power to their country.

In recent years, hurricanes have ravaged small islands and coastal regions in the United States. With some solar energy systems, there have been damages and destruction, but we’re also seeing some undisturbed systems. This helps countries look at how certain solar projects can withstand major storms. If solar energy can withstand natural disasters and major storms, this will be a vital part of preventing people from losing power.  

How Can Pope Energy Help You?

If you’ve had trouble with restoring your solar energy system, and you would like to finish it or restart it, Pope Energy is here to help. We offer design, development and construction of solar photovoltaic projects, solar energy storage, and maintenance services. Investing in solar is the future, if you are interested in leasing land for solar development and receiving a long-term revenue stream, or if you’re looking for an efficient way to cut energy bills, prevent power outages, and save the environment, solar energy is the only choice you should make.

Contact Pope Energy at 855-767-3363 today to find out how we can help you get your solar energy system back running or back on track to being completed without any stalling.

Should You Lease Your Land for Solar?

Leasing your land for the placement of a solar photovoltaic development project allows you to gain a long-term revenue from your property, enhance the value of your property for re-sale and keep your property intact without having to subdivide.

One commercial customer, who runs a very significant processing operation, told us that, “Installing solar on our property was one of the best things we have ever done. I come in every morning and watch (data screen) the renewable generation of our solar field.”

Whether you are a farmer trying to add revenue to your farm all the while continuing to farm the land using Agricultural Solar, a farm family where multiple non-farming siblings are looking to receive revenue from a family asset or a landowner looking to pay for college or add to revenue by utilizing a solar land-lease, leasing land for solar development meets a number of revenue planning challenges.

Qualifications for leasing your land for solar

Solar Energy FarmFirst, let’s go over what your land will need in order to be leased for solar.

The ideal size for a 5 megawatt system size is at least thirty acres developing a standard solar field and forty to fifty acres for an Agricultural Solar system.

The smallest land area that is economically feasible for an investor owned system is ten to eighteen acres which would yield a 2 to 3 megawatt system.

Having access to utility grid infrastructure is important and does not need to be near a transmission corridor but needs to have reasonable access to a 3-phase electrical service.

Of course, good exposure to sun is key, but also, be ready for a long-term commitment: solar farms offer a long process, but with high rewards.

At Pope Energy, we lease your land for 25 years with the opportunity for two 5-year renewals.

Benefits of leasing your land for solar

Not only can you create a substantial source of additional income for your property, but also, you’re creating a brighter, greener future for the surrounding community. If you have extra land available, why not put it to work generating renewable energy? Why not give it a purpose again?

That is community impact on a much greater level.

Our solar management team at Pope Energy will help you discover the value that solar energy can bring to your land. If you’re interested in learning more about solar leasing, and whether your land qualifies, please call us at 855-767-3363 today!