There is a lot of work behind the scenes in the development of a wind or solar farm, and we want to ensure that when we announce a project, we feel that it has a good chance of being successful.
The following steps need to be completed to develop a successful project:
- Lacour Energy uses our experience to select specific regions to do a detailed search for high potential project sites.
- A detailed site search looks at wind and solar resource, electricity network capacity, environmental protected areas, and the current land use.
- Once a possible site is identified, Lacour meets the landowners to see if they would be happy to host a project.
- Once landowner leases are agreed, a feasibility study to assess the benefits an impact of any project. Typically a project would be announced near the beginning of this process.
- The feasibility and approval process for a project typically takes 18 to 36 months, with all key environmental, technical, social and economic issues being assessed.
- Once the project development is complete its time to build, which typically takes between 12 and 24 months, depending on the project size.
- A project will be operational for around 25 years without needing to have any major refurbishments.
The Clean Energy Council has produced a fantastic guide for communities that can be download here.