As the solar energy system owner, Southern Light Solar must be able to sell power economically to the local utility or power provider. Once in operation, another goal is to be able to maximize the power generated over time. This helps maximize the contracted payments to the property owner, too. The ideal location is relatively straightforward:
- The property is well within the preferred specifications as a suitable property;
- The area is serviced by a primary Massachusetts power utility – Eversource & National Grid;
- Shading of the property is minimal. Local codes must allow for tree trimming or removal as needed.
On some occasions it may not be practical to install a rooftop solar energy system. Ground mounted solar may be an option. Unlike rooftop solar, locating solar panels on the ground can extend design and permitting time and effort. Some area building codes may prevent this from being a viable choice due to costs or other basic limitations.
Southern Light Solar may propose this option after running through possible building mounted options. At a minimum, 5 acres of cleared land would be needed.