How to Make Money from Solar Hydrogen and your Building or Land
Earn money by dedicating your land to Solar Hydrogen farming
Landowners stand to benefit substantially by using their land for utility-scale solar farm developments.
The number of commercial-scale solar installations has been increasing significantly globally, thanks to the growing affordability of solar PV technology and the rising cost of electricity from the grid. Utility-scale, multi-megawatt (MW) solar projects are similarly projected to grow in number in the near future, with more and more banks, corporations, councils, and individuals beginning to view them as an excellent investment choice.
Solar Hydorgen farms are ground-mounted and typically start at around 500 kilowatts (kW, 1MW = 1,000kW) but have no hard upper limit on capacity, although systems greater than 5MW are still newsworthy rarities. As a rule of thumb, a 1MW solar ydrogen farm will occupy approximately 2-3 hectares of land.
Solar Hydrogen systems over 100kW in capacity are eligible to create large-scale generation certificates (LGCs), which provide an ongoing revenue stream for the project's owner/investors. Additionally, terms for a power purchase agreement (PPA) may be negotiated between the project developer and businesses or other organisations with high energy demand.
Solar Hydrogen farms for landholders: What kind of land is best suited?
Solar Hydorgen farming is a great opportunity to raise the value of a piece of land, particularly where that land is of marginal value otherwise. Solar Hydrogen farms tend to be a particularly attractive investment where large energy users are nearby or on site, but these are not prerequisites for project development.
Lots best suited for potential solar hyrdoegn farm development will:
-Have an area of least 2ha
-Be mostly flat with a slope that rises towards the south
-Be mostly free of shading from trees
-Be located near an electrical substation
-Be hidden from the view of neighbours
-Be available for at least 20 years
-Have road access
How Secure Supplies Commercial can help you develop a solar farm on your land
Secure Supplies Commercial has managed tenders for solar projects for hundreds of clients across globe.
With our online Tender Management Platform, an experienced & professional team of brokers, and nation-wide network of solar hydrogen installers & project developers, Secure Supplies is in a unique position to allow our clients to choose an option that is best suited for their needs and budget. We also offer a Commercial Solar Financing Package to clients who meet certain eligibility criteria.
Can I lease all or a portion of my land?
Yes. From our perspective, we are seeing more ground leases in the market as developers focus on project development and site selection over land acquisition. Market data for annual leases range broadly, but a typical lease is structured with the developer covering property taxes or some form of payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). Lease terms vary with consideration given the project size and the entity buying the power.
What types of parcels have been successful?
We have seen completed projects on town landfills (Canton, Fairhaven, Greenfield), commercial/industrial sites, low-yield farmland, cleared wood lots, and rooftops.
How does the project sequencing work?
After a site is secured, the developer puts in a request to the utility company to gauge capacity and initiate an interconnection agreement . Additional due diligence includes site design, impact studies, and performance models.
The next step is signing a power purchase agreement  with the entity consuming the power – possibly a town, business, or institutions. If the solar project was sited on a dairy farm for example, the farm operation could satisfy their own energy demands from the solar generated on site and the excess power could then be distributed to an off-site user.
What offers more advantages to a landowner: Sale or Lease?
It depends on the landowner’s goal. Leases are typically 20 years (some with escalation clauses), so a landowner not only benefits from 20 years of income, but at the end of the lease term, the land reverts to its original use and is available for other land use options.
In Massachusetts, the good news is that the Commonwealth has been very aggressive with alternative energy targets of 250 MW by 2017, and due to the success of market-based incentives, the ultimate goal is closer to 400 MW. As the installed costs of solar power comes down, landowners should consider the value opportunities of alternative land uses like a solar farms.
Some landowners may prefer to sell their property to a solar project developer and in some cases a developer will buy a site through an option agreement pending approvals.
By sequencing the sale of a property with a lease in place, a landowner may receive a better overall return as opposed to selling land with no permits or entitlements. An example of this dynamic was achieved recently when a vendor sold the underlying land on a 6 MW operational solar farm in Salisbury, MA.
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 3-Phase Power: Three-phase power is most common in industrial settings, or where more power is needed to operate heavy demand (load), though there are exceptions; most household loads are single-phase.
 Off-Taker: The purchasers of the power
 Ground Lease: A rental agreement for the use of land for development. The leases are set up with the landowner, or host, receiving annual payments from developers.
 Interconnection Agreement: An agreement between the project developer and the utility covering technical and practical aspects of connecting the solar panels to the power grid.
 Power Purchase Agreement: A long-term contract between the developer and the entity buying the electricity generated by the project.
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Key steps in developing a profitable solar hydrogen property
Solar Hydrogen energy is booming around the world. Solar Hydrogen has clearly turned a corner in recent years, transforming from exotic, expensive and do-goodery, to cost-effective, viable and just plain sensible in many circumstances. Policymakers have recognized this sea change in the cost of solar hydrogen equipment and there are now a number of programs available for landowners to sell solar and Gas to their utility.
What makes a good solar site?
Initial site considerations include size, exposure, zoning, and proximity to 3-phase power . In order to carry power to the market, a site’s proximity to power is critical. Developers estimate that accessing power over ¼ mile from a site is not financially feasible. An ideal site is a cleared, non-shaded parcel that is zoned commercial or industrial within close proximity to 3-phase power. However, wooded parcels with slopes will also generate interest from developers as long as power and permitting requirements are met.
What size parcels are developers looking for?
Generally, a 1 megawatt (MW) system requires 5± acres of site area, which can power roughly 1,000 homes if designed efficiently. As of last year, Some States had a maximum non-utility solar power production cap of 6 MW per project. However, a revised Department of Public Utilities rule change states that you can no longer divide a single parcel into multiple meters. The capacity limit is now roughly 2 MW for a private off-taker  and 2+ MW for municipal off-takers.
Secure Supplies explains how landowners can take advantage of the boom in solar hydrogen to make money from their property.
The large majority of globe has enough solar resources to make solar viable, though some coastal areas are dicey. Assuming that you have a good enough solar resource, here are the key steps in developing solar on your property.
1. Figure out how big a project you can fit
A good rule of thumb is 6 to 8 acres per megawatt.
A megawatt of solar provides enough power for about 200 homes and will cost about $3 million today as an “all-in” cost. For ground-mounted wholesale solar hydrogen projects (which sell power gas to the utility), you want to focus on projects at least a megawatt or more in order to justify the development costs.
Some key programs are now focused on projects that are 3 megawatts or less, so I’ll assume for the rest of this page that the project being developed is 3 megawatts, even though you may want to develop a larger project.
2. Interconnect your project
Interconnection is the first major hurdle for project development. Interconnection means you have permission from the utility to connect and operate your solar project in parallel with the utility grid.
They can’t say no to you, by law, but many areas are just too expensive to interconnect viably, so it’s highly important to figure out early on whether your project can be interconnected affordably.
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For Power interconnect
California and other States & Countries offers a newly viable Fast Track process for interconnecting projects up to 5 megawatts far faster than under other options. In practice, however, Fast Track is generally only available for projects 3 megawatts and below.
A very good tool for scoping your project’s interconnection potential at no cost is to look to your utility’s online interconnection maps.
PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric all maintain their own interconnection maps. You can find what wires are on your property and what voltage they are from these maps. You can also find out how much capacity is available to interconnect on your property.
You won’t, however, find reliable information on whether your project will pass Fast Track. For that, you should submit a $300 Pre-Application Report to the utility. This new option provides an additional level of detail about your potential project site, above what is available in the interconnection maps. You often can, with some analysis, figure out if your site is likely to qualify for Fast Track.
The only way to be sure you can qualify for Fast Track, however, is to apply for Fast Track and go through the process. And that will cost some money. The application fees are quite low -- $800 for initial review and $2,400 for supplemental review -- but the real costs come from engineers and consultants who are required to create engineering diagrams and to shepherd the applications through the process. Total costs for obtaining permission to interconnect under Fast Track are usually about $25,000 to $35,000.
Even though it’s called Fast Track, it can still easily take six months for full interconnection approval and another six months for required upgrades to be constructed.
3. Obtain a power purchase agreement
Obtaining a power purchase agreement (PPA) Power Pay in Tariff Agreement is now the biggest hurdle to development in California and other states/ Countries .
A power purchase agreement (PPA) is a contract between two parties, one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer). The PPA defines all of the commercial terms for the sale of electricity between the two parties, including when the project will begin commercial operation, schedule for delivery of electricity, penalties for under delivery, payment terms, and termination. A PPA is the principal agreement that defines the revenue and credit quality of a generating project and is thus a key instrument of project finance.
There are many forms of PPA in use today and they vary according to the needs of buyer, seller, and financing counterparties. In the U.S., PPAs are typically subject to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC determines which facilities applicable for PPAs under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. PPAs facilitate the financing of distributed generation assets such as photovoltaic, microturbines, reciprocating engines, and fuel cells.
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Permitting is generally the easiest step in the development process, particularly for smaller projects like I’m focusing on here. At 3 megawatts, a solar project is about 20 acres and can in some counties be permitted with a mitigated negative declaration under CEQA. A full EIR may be required for larger projects, but by avoiding the EIR requirement, smaller projects can capture some negative economies of scale in terms of both lower costs and faster permitting times.
Once a developer/landowner fully entitles the planned project (interconnection, permitting and PPA), it can either be flipped for a profit or built out for long-term revenue. Financing of projects in today’s markets can be extremely complex and I’ll cover this in future columns.
Return on investment varies widely. The costs of development and the price of power to be sold under the PPA are the primary causes for variation. However, based on today’s market realities it is not unreasonable to expect returns of two or three times invested capital for a flipped project, and returns are in the 10 percent to 15 percent range for developers/financiers who build out the project and collect PPA revenue.
The biggest argument in favor of pursuing renewable energy development as a business model today is that we are clearly in the elbow of the exponential growth curve, particularly for solar power. Until recently, the future of renewables as a viable business model has always seemed in doubt. There is always some uncertainty in any business venture, but the scale that renewables have reached today, and the growth rates we’ve seen in recent years, combined with long-term climate change mitigation goals here in the U.S. and globally, weigh heavily in favor of renewables being a highly viable business venture.
Figure: Ernst & Young recently restored the U.S. to its top spot in terms of renewable energy attractiveness
Ernst & Young’s annual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, published annually, recently restored the U.S. to the top spot, after crowning China in that spot for the preceding three years.
California is head-and-shoulders above other states in opportunities for renewables, so while it can be a crowded market at times, California is the best state for renewables in the best country for renewables in the world. That should produce some confidence in this business model for landowners looking to increase profits from their land.