I think it’s quite obvious that we need more domestic electricity in Sweden.
According to farmer Robert Pettersson at Wästanå Gård, the planned solar park in Olivehult means that land that today consists of forest with low natural value can be used to produce energy, increase biodiversity and contribute to food production.
– We need more energy and grazing animals in Sweden, he says.
Leasing out land for solar cells for 50 years is always a big decision, even if the land itself is not particularly valuable. As a landowner, you want the lessee to live up to all promises and obligations. For many, it’s also important that the lessee doesn’t sell the project on to an unknown player without a local presence.
Our landowners can choose between a fixed lease or receiving a share of the revenue from the sale of electricity. Most choose a combination to get both the security of a fixed income and a little extra when electricity prices are high. When we have these discussions with landowners, we have always drawn up a plan for the solar park and its production, so it’s very clear what we want to do on the property.
Once we’ve agreed with the land owner on leasing out land for solar cells, the next step is for us to draw up application documentation. We send the documentation to the relevant authorities, where we always insist on meeting them on site at the property involved. The application process also includes inviting all landowners and nearby residents to an information meeting and listening to the opinions of everyone affected.
An important point we try to convey through the consultation meetings is that we’re always available for any questions and concerns. We also try to be sensitive to the needs in the local community and how we can help. Because when we build a large solar park, part of the budget is reserved for sponsorship and other efforts that benefit the local community.
An important function of the consultations is to explain how the solar parks affect the local area. It often comes as a surprise to many just how small the negative impact actually is. The parks are not visible from far away, they don’t make any noise and they cast no shadows to speak of. While the solar parks are hardly noticeable, we also take care not to fence them in or try to hide them. We’re proud of the parks we build and want people to come and see and learn more about them.
We’re looking for land that is suitable for large-scale solar power, that is, properties that are at least 50 hectares and are close to the main grid. What are the advantages of leasing land for solar cells to Ilmatar Solar?
2 – 3 months
We map out potential customers and set joint objectives.
6 months – 1.5 years
Consideration for regional objectives and environmental requirements.
1 – 1,5 years
We build the solar park and integrate it into the electrical grid.
45 – 50 years
Ilmatar services and manages the installation.