Our initial steps through to planning
Ownergy will advise you on the potential for any prospective solar park site you have in mind. Our first step is to look at your site and carry out a desktop feasibility assessment. If you are interested in us looking at your site, please either:
To do this, please complete this online form
All you'll need is this basic information:
- Site postcode (the form is linked to a mapping system which then allows you to pinpoint the exact site)
- Approximate area available in hectares
- Whether there is any energy usage on site; and if so how many kWh/year
- Any plans you have for financing the project
- Your contact details
If we feel the site is viable, we will prepare an initial assessment based on the sunshine data for that location and the local layout and topographical details available on the internet. We provide a short (4-6 page) report with estimates on the scope and size of the project and the returns that it could deliver.
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Following your feedback from the initial assessment report, we will then visit your site to make a feasibility assessment and discuss the project with you.
We would also arrange for a first assessment of the likely grid connection options and an estimate of the potential costs.
At the end of this stage we will present you with an updated estimate of the financial returns of the project.
Assuming the revised projections suggest the project remains worth pursuing, we will arrange for a topographical survey of the site to establish the optimum solar array spacing and potential effect of any shading or obstructions. This may lead to an updated layout proposal. We would also make contact with your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) and get a grid connection quote.
We would then be in a position to assemble all the relevant site information, based on the surveys above, and define and agree the scope and programme of the project with you.
In preparation for submission of your project for planning, we will prepare drawings and a report in support of the planning application which will be required for the development. It may be beneficial to submit an application for a screening opinion prior to the formal application and we would help with this.
The planning application itself is often best submitted by your own planning advisers as they will be familiar with local planning issues and personnel.
Since the launch of the Feed-In Tariffs on April 1st, Ownergy has several dozen solar park projects at various stages of development. We are also seeking sub-contracting partners for these projects, details of which are given here.