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Scout is a nationwide land consulting firm dedicated to identifying sites suitable for energy projects and helping landowners sell or lease to the country’s top developers.

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Scout Knows Land

Scout Land Consultants has evaluated over 100,000 properties and helped more than 1,400 landowners successfully secure lease or purchase agreements for renewable energy projects.

Leasing Your Land for Solar

No Cost To Landowner

The developer covers the cost of development and construction, you receive rent checks.

Diversification of Land Use

Create a new revenue stream from unused land with a solar project.

Long-Term Fixed Annual Income

Earn between $500 - $5,000/AC per year for a fixed long-term lease.

Cleaner Planet

Solar is the fastest growing energy source…be a part of it!

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How Much Land Is Needed for Solar?

Solar farms need between 10 – 1,000 acres depending on the surrounding power lines in the area. Developers are interested in a wide variety of property types, located anywhere in North America where solar energy projects are economically feasible.

Our Process

We evaluate your property for free to determine the type of solar farm your land could accommodate.

Suitable Power Lines

Substations Nearby

No Floodplains or Wetlands

Minimal Slope or Topography

Is Your Land The Right Fit For Solar?

Leasing your unused acres to solar developers allows you to generate extra monthly income, all while contributing to the renewable energy revolution that is working towards cleaner air and water.

 
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The Power of Community Solar

Help produce renewable energy for your community while reaping revenue rewards by transforming unused land into a solar farm. It’s an easy process to manage for the farmer and a mission-driven choice that has positive affects on the community at large.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1 megawatt (MW) requires up to 4-8 acres of suitable land, depending on local characteristics of the property. Developers are interested in a wide variety of property types, located anywhere in North America where solar energy projects are economically feasible. Most developers seek to develop solar projects 10 MW or larger in size.

Land payments vary by geography as determined by local site conditions and the market cost of land. Most rent is significantly higher than current agricultural use. Find out how much your land could be worth by using our complimentary solar calculator.

You will not be responsible for increased personal or real property taxes as a result of a solar farm being constructed on your property. The developer (or project owner) will be responsible for working with the local assessor to handle tax assessments related to the solar facility.

Rent payments begin at the beginning of construction. Prior to this point, you will have full access to use your property as you see fit.

Yes! You are free to continue farming or using the property as you do currently prior to project construction. If you do farm, you may need to confirm you have the ability to terminate any farming operations in the event construction needs to begin in the middle of a crop cycle, thus causing crop loss. Many developers offer provisions in their leases to account for compensation in the event of loss.
Once constructed, the project owner’s Operations & Maintenance (O&M) team will be responsible for maintaining the site throughout the lifetime of the project. The landowner has no responsibility or obligation to maintain.
Should you wish to sell the land during the lease period, the Lease Agreement and payments will be assigned to the new landowner once the sale is complete.
Most developers seek to lease land exclusivity for up to 20-35 years, which is the market contract length for solar projects in the United States. The developer will be responsible for removing all the equipment that is located on your site and returning the land to its original condition at the end of the term. If in 35 years’ time there is an opportunity to propose another solar project, the developer will consult with you to see if an extension can be negotiated.
During the full lifecycle of the solar project, the project owner will work to mitigate any effect on the local environment as well as to reduce the aesthetic impact of the solar farm for you and nearby property owners.

Unfortunately, we have never been involved in a project that includes that provision. Here’s why – the technical requirements dictated by the utility to the developer are detailed and stringent. Since the utility has to protect its significant investment in the electrical grid and what feeds into it, they don’t allow for the developer to make special accommodations.

Thankfully, developers have insurance and money set aside for unforeseen incidents. The developer will take full responsibility for repair of the project.

What Landowners Say About Scout

Working with Lawton Barnwell and Bobby Alexander was a pleasant and fruitful experience over the past several months. They are true professionals that took the time to understand my needs and wishes, while educating me on the Solar Industry. Thank you gentlemen!
Our experience with NLR Solar and especially with Walker Day has been a positive one. Each time we had a question it was answered promptly and to our satisfaction. Mr. Day made us feel comfortable as he walked us through each step.
I randomly opened a solicitation for a solar farm on 50 acres behind a 4 unit apt building I own in the country. I was quite skeptical, but went along for the ride. A local farmer was paying me $600 year to plant on my acreage, and taxable income at that. I spoke with Walker Day a number of times, and about a month after signing a contract for NLR SOLAR to lease most of the land for decades, I got my 1st cheque. I'm Joe Average landlord and never bot a lottery ticket in my life, and I trust everyone. But I had my doubts when Walker Day contacted me. But the 1st modest cheque yesterday proves that Mr Day and NLR are legit. So if you've got some unused or low rent acreage, and a (major) power line nearby, maybe you'll be the next beneficiary of NLR's Solar project. Feel free to reach out to me. I'd attach an image of the cheque, but tmi. Thank you NLR & RIC ENERGY & Mr Day ❤️
I can’t start by saying anything else except how impressed I’ve been by working with NLR, and specifically with Andrew. Prior to being contacted by, and ultimately working with NLR, my mother and I had worked extensively with another solar company and had been contacted by several others about potentially leasing our land. Needless to say we had become familiar with practices (good and bad) and what to expect. We had reached a point that we knew what we would work with and what we wouldn’t. In all honestly we went into these conversations somewhat skeptically - as mentioned, we had been through a lot of them. Within minutes of our initial call with Andrew, we were impressed. We had a list of points/questions that we wanted to address - he addressed all but a couple before I could even ask. Because of our prior experience, we knew what he was saying was honest and factual and that it what convinced us to work with them. The communication with NLR has been outstanding - we’ve never had a question not answered. They are extremely knowledgeable and also very pleasant and personable to work with. We are actually thankful that prior projects did not work out because we ended up with NLR and the company they matched us up with.
I have had a great experience working with NLR Solar. They answer all questions and do exactly as they say. Jason has been phenomenal to work with and I have recommended NLR Solar to my friends and neighbors.

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