As the demand for renewable energy increases, rural landowners are often approached by developer companies who want to use their land for energy projects, such as solar farms, wind farms or battery storage facilities. They often ask for very long leases – terms in excess of thirty years are not uncommon – and these are complex arrangements posing real risks if things go wrong.
Here Annie Wills, an Associate at law firm Wilsons Solicitors, highlights some points to be considered when these leases are being negotiated.
Before the lease
The developer will apply for planning