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What happens at night when I need power and there is no sun?

As a community solar subscriber, you will still be connected to the utility grid so you will have power when you need it.

3. How are microgrids controlled and managed?  

Microgrids are managed through advanced control systems that monitor energy production, consumption, and storage. These control systems use smart grid technologies and algorithms to optimize energy flow, ensure grid stability, and prevent power imbalances. Additionally, microgrid operators can integrate demand-response strategies, where energy usage is adjusted based on real-time conditions, to further enhance efficiency and reduce costs. 

2. What is the role of energy storage in microgrids?  

Energy storage is a critical component of microgrids. It allows for the capture and storage of excess electricity generated by renewable energy sources when demand is low. This stored energy can then be utilized during peak demand periods or when renewable sources are not producing enough power, ensuring a stable and continuous energy supply. Common energy storage technologies used in microgrids include batteries, pumped hydro storage, and flywheels. 

1. How does a microgrid connect to the main power grid?

Microgrids can operate in either grid-connected or island mode. In grid-connected mode, the microgrid remains connected to the main power grid, allowing it to import or export electricity as needed. This mode ensures a constant power supply, and any excess energy generated within the microgrid can be sent back to the main grid. In island mode, the microgrid disconnects from the main grid and operates autonomously. This mode is useful during grid failures or in remote areas where grid connection is not feasible. 

What legal considerations should I be aware of when leasing my land?

Leasing your land for solar involves legal considerations that you should be aware of. Consult with legal professionals experienced in renewable energy and land leasing to ensure you understand the terms and implications of the lease agreement. Key areas to address include property rights, lease duration, rental rates, insurance requirements, and access rights. 

How can I find reputable solar developers or companies?

Finding reputable solar developers or companies is essential to ensuring a successful and trustworthy partnership. Start by researching local and regional solar developers with a proven track record and experience in solar projects. OYA Renewables has a proven track-record of partnerships with landowners that are built on integrity and reliability that puts the landowner as their number one priority, from day one. Learn more about leasing your land with OYA Renewables. 

What happens at the end of the lease term?

At the end of the lease term, there are several potential scenarios. The lease may be renewed for another term if both parties agree, or the solar company may remove the solar panels and restore the land to its original condition. It’s important to clarify the terms of decommissioning and land restoration in the lease agreement. 

Can I use the land for other purposes while it is leased for solar? 

The specific terms of land use during a solar lease vary depending on the agreement. Generally, before the solar project is installed, we ask that landowners do not install permanent structures on the land, but any farming activities can continue as before. During construction of the solar project, farming or any other use of the land will have to stop.  Once the solar project is operational, there is generally no impact on the daily activities of the landowners, aside for the occasional maintenance visit. More and more often, we see that dual use of the land is being considered, also known as agrivoltaics, so that the land can be farmed and generate electricity from the sun in the same space.  

What are the financial obligations for landowners in solar leasing?

As a landowner, your financial obligations in solar leasing are typically minimal or nothing at all. The solar company is responsible for the upfront costs of installing and maintaining the solar panels. In some cases, there may be agreements where the landowner shares in the costs of infrastructure upgrades or land preparation, but these terms are negotiable. At OYA Renewables, we are responsible for the cost of solar development, construction, and operations and maintenance.