Allowing an energy company to build a wind farm, solar panel array or biomass plant on your land can be a great investment – providing you and your family with index linked returns over the long term.
Making deals with energy companies can be very risky, which is why it is so important that you get your legal agreements right from the start.
In this article, we take a look at the process, and provide some essential tips to ensure that you can maximise your return of investment, and you are effectively protected against downside liabilities and costs.
How it works
The legal structure and arrangements between landowners and energy companies tend to follow a similar process:
- The landowner will grant the energy company an exclusive option to lease a site under agreed terms, within a limited time period
- With this option in place, the energy company will apply for relevant permissions, and start the planning/development process
- The energy company calls for the lease, and the landowner grants it on the terms agreed
- The energy company builds the wind farm/solar array/biomass plant, and pays the landowner during the lease period