Site Searching & Land Acquisition for Solar Farm Developer

Client Sovello AG
Contract Value Framework up to £100k Consultancy Fees
Consulting Engineer McGill

The client,  Sovello AG, approached McGill to search South of Birmingham for landowners who would be interested in a solar farm development on their land.

The work consists of two main stages; site identification and negotiating ‘Heads of Terms’ (HOTs). The first stage requires our acquisition consultants to identify pieces of land which meet the strict criteria set down by the client.  The criteria included land designations, land topography, proximity to grid connection etc.  When a suitable piece of land is identified we make contact with the landowner and determine their interest. An ‘Interested Landowner’ report is created and issued to the client.

The client then reviews the report and confirms they wish to progress with HOTs. This requires our acquisition consultants to negotiate with landowners the basis of the terms to be inserted into a formal legal agreement.

Our client typically installs ground mounted solar farms of between 3 and 5 MW.  These require an area up to 30 acres.

McGill Renewables were able to secure the contract due to the experience of our team in dealing with rural landowners. A trial batch of 14 reports was submitted and we have progressed to HOTs negotiation on 9 of these.

Key features

  • Low associated expenditure
  • All work is completed by McGill employees 

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