How We Do It

Ready to Host a Solar Site on Your Land? This is our process

When you contact Dimension Renewable Energy, we need to know certain things about your land to determine if it is right for solar. Our development process is fully transparent and designed to make the most of our partnership with you

Site assessment

Step 1: Site Assessment

Dimension experts will visit your potential site to evaluate its size, contours and exposure. We also will research local land use and permitting policies to determine if solar is among the allowed uses, or if variances will be required. In some cases, remote examination of these elements may have already indicated your site is well-suited for solar, prompting Dimension to contact you and let you know of this opportunity.

Contract

Step 2: Contract

Working with you and your advisors, Dimension will work toward a lease agreement that stipulates the details and terms of the project, including the duration of the lease, payment details and the company’s responsibilities for land preservation and restoration.

Construction & Compliance

Step 3: Development

At every step in the development process, Dimension’s experts will follow local, state and federal statutes to coordinate all required regulatory reviews and permits, including land use, environmental, electrical and interconnection. Dimension manages the construction process with continual diligence to ensure top performance for the life of the project.

Generation & Maintenance

Step 4: Operations and Maintenance

Once a high-quality Dimension solar installation is operational, we work to ensure that the power it provides continues to benefit the community and that the system is maintained at optimum performance. This assures you that the revenue you receive as the host land owner is secured and a wise investment for you and your neighbors.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does solar energy work?

In photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, thin layers of silicon are specially treated with other substances – typically phosphorus and boron, so they assume positive and negative charges. Layers are sandwiched together and connected in parallel circuits. When exposed to light, the two layers produce an electric charge that is conducted into metal plates on the sides of each cell. In a large community solar installation, panels of these cells are linked together and mounted on steel supports at angles that maximize their sun exposure through the day. These panels are wired to feed into the electric grid like any other power generating source.

What is a solar farm?

A solar farm is a large installation, usually 1 megawatt (MW) or more, designed to produce enough power to supply many households and businesses. On average, 2 MW can power the electrical needs of about 300 homes.

What happens to the electricity generated in a community solar installation?

This power is sold through your local utility to homeowners and businesses in your community. The power is sold in specific amounts sized to meet the needs of the buyer.

How does this produce revenue and economic investment in our community?

To the extent possible, Dimension employs local businesses and workers to create, build and maintain its solar installations. In addition, the increased property taxes that Dimension pays for improvements to the land create government revenues that can be used to improve community services, including pay for teachers and law enforcement, road improvements and recreational facilities

Are these sites dangerous?

All community solar facilities are surrounded by security fencing and monitored for suspicious activity. As for materials and operation, solar energy is the safest, cleanest form of energy generation. Nothing is being burned, so there are no fumes or emissions from the panels. The materials used to make the panels are inert and nontoxic, posing no dangers to plants, insects or other living creatures. Large wildlife is prevented from entering the site by its fencing. As for construction, Dimension will scrupulously follow all required environmental assessments and regulations. Generally, sites used for solar facilities are former agricultural fields. Some land disturbance occurs during construction, but it is a temporary disruption that ceases once generation begins. Increasingly more renewable energy systems include advanced energy storage. We only utilize proven energy storage technologies that meet industry standards for safety. The renewable energy system will be remotely monitored on a second by second basis. Only trained operations and maintenance personnel will have access to the secured system.

How long does it take to build a community solar installation?

Development and construction for a solar site is relatively fast compared to other types of construction. Design and permitting time varies widely depending on the location and the processing requirements of the local government. Construction can be accomplished in two to four months.

Is there any sound or visual disturbance to neighbors from solar installations?

Once the solar system is operational, the only noise is a low hum that is undetectable outside the fenced portion of the property. Dimension builds its projects in strict compliance will all local land use requirements, including setbacks and vegetative screening if stipulated. Panels are coated to reduce capacity for glare. The light reflection of solar PV is so low, many airports have installed solar around terminals and runways to reduce their power bills.

Will a solar site increase traffic on local roads?

For a brief period while the site is being built, construction traffic will increase around the location. Once that is complete, the site will not create additional traffic in the community.

How does a community solar installation affect property values?

As noted above, property taxes on the site, paid by Dimension as part of the development partnership, will increase and help support community services. Studies in North Carolina and other states have shown that the location of a solar farm does not negatively impact property values.

What happens to the land if the solar installation is removed?

Solar generation has no adverse impact on the land it occupies. After panels and supporting infrastructure are removed, the land can return to agricultural uses. Removal of the solar equipment will be detailed in the lease.