Sheep grazing at a solar farm site in Maine.

ReVision Looking for Land to Develop as Solar Farms in Maine and New Hampshire

If you are excited to see solar energy grow in Maine or New Hampshire, and have a parcel of land suitable for solar, you could host a solar farm on your green space while earning a modest return!

Why do we need solar farms?

Solar farms, which are off-site solar electricity generators, provide an option for the many businesses, homeowners, and nonprofits that want to go solar but don’t have enough physical space at their primary location to offset their needs. A solar farm can be located anywhere in a utility service area that has a good solar location (meaning both performance and interconnectivity with the grid). The solar farm sends 100% of its power production into the grid, reducing the electric bill of the recipient wherever they may be.

ReVision Energy – Your Local Solar Farm Partner

Recent policy changes make the financial case for solar farms stronger than ever before, which is great for the environment (more solar!) but it also means that many out-of-state companies are now entering the solar market in Maine and New Hampshire and looking for land.

ReVision Energy has a long track record as a community partner in Maine and New Hampshire stretching for more than 10 years. We were the first company to figure out how to offer community solar farms under previous (more onerous) policy and have always been focused on building projects where the benefits are widely shared, not ones that disproportionately benefit the developer.

As Maine and New Hampshire enter a new era of expansion of solar farms (what is relatively uncommon now will soon be a common sight!) we pledge to remain focused on supporting our local community. We would be grateful for you to choose us as your partner to develop any potential locations.

How does hosting a solar farm work?

Solar farm hosts lease a portion of land to the owner of the solar farm, who builds, maintains and insures it, and sends that renewably-generated electricity onto the local and regional distribution grid. As a host, you’ll receive an annual financial payment for this service to your community members.

Some of the desirable traits for potential solar farm sites:

  • 5+ acres.
  • Relatively flat and contiguous parcels, ideally cleared.
  • Close to existing power lines.
  • No encumbrances or 3rd party interests that would preclude a solar farm (lease term is 30+ years).
  • No wetlands or flood zones, and outside shoreland zoning boundaries.

Are solar farms good for the land?

Solar farms are arguably the lowest impact form of power generation known to humanity:

  • Low-impact footings with relatively little long-term impact on the soil.
  • Generate no emissions, ever.
  • Studies find that areas with solar farms are actually more biodiverse than unmanaged fields.
  • Low-impact farming like sheep grazing, free-range chickens, and beekeeping is still viable on fields with solar farms.
  • Generate power for 35+ years with no moving parts.

Who should host a solar farm?

Solar farm hosts should be interested in accelerating New England’s transition to clean energy and supporting their neighbors. While there is a financial benefit to you, it ought not be the #1 driving factor. Ideally, a solar farm is a way to give idle land a low-impact, productive use.

If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a solar farm, get in touch using the form below! Note that due to the complexity of reviewing solar farm parcels and evolving policy, it will take several weeks of review time before you’ll get a response from us. If you have a specific question you’d like answered quickly, please use our standard contact form. Otherwise, we will get back to you as soon as we can!