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If India has to achieve its #solarpowergeneration target, solar developers will have to make sure they pick the right sites, make proper use of the land available, and engage with the community for their support.

Site Selection For #SolarPowerGeneration

If India has to achieve its #solarpowergeneration target, solar developers will have to make sure they pick the right sites, make proper use of the land available, and engage with the community for their support.

From our experience of dealing with all stakeholders in88888 this space, let’s run you through some of the industry-wide best practices that every #solardevelopmentcompany must adhere to press ahead in this sector.  

Zero-In On Non-agricultural Land

As far as possible, try and choose land that can’t be vegetated for your #solarpowergeneration project. This can include ex-nuclear lands, ex-industrial lands, garbage dumps and landfills that are non-suitable for anything else. Marshy land or land used for grazing sheep, if suitable, can also be used for solar fields.

Take Nature Conservation Areas Off the Radar

While building solar fields, care must be taken not to have these too close to protected landscapes and natural conversation areas. A good thing to do would be to contact the local council and find out what the area is about. Some sites can be made multi-purpose by laying #solarpanels at an elevation, so the land underneath can still be used for vegetation or sheep grazing.

Minimize the Visual Impact

Hillsides from where things are visible from miles around do not make best sites for solar fields. It is best to pick flat sites which are well-screened by trees and hedges. Make sure they are away from housing and roads. However, within 1.5 km of the site, there has to be a local distribution system.

Co-op the Community’s approval

The last thing you want is a planner to reject your project for the site you have identified for your solar field. Engage with the community to get their opinion before you submit your plan to the local utilities for approval. If people living in the vicinity are happy with your solar field it means that you have sited well.

Land Diversification Is a Good Idea

There could be cases where a local species of beautiful flowers cover the solar fields. If the setting is right for a certain species to thrive, you can even have natural colonization without any intervention of seeding or planting. It would be best to diversify the land during the resting period.

Local Sourcing and Employment is the Key

While it is perfectly alright to get a solar panel and inverter from outside, sourcing these things locally comes with its own set of advantages. You will be saving a lot of time, and money for starters. There is no denying that there may be times when you need specialists to be brought in; but as far as possible create employment within the local community. This will help in the maintenance of the solar field.

Build the Care of the Surrounding Land Into Your Project

It might take a while, but it is very important to set a path for the land that surrounds the project and to take care of it. The decision is up to you whether you want to raise chicken or bring in the bees. Both are well-suited for solar fields. Solar can also be part of the rotational system that farmers use while growing crops. This way the land gets enough time to recover its fertility.

Kick-Start An Education Drive

A solar farm can be a treat for students and teachers. They would be interested in knowing how the solar power works, how to take readings of the electricity generated by the solar farm and weather effects on solar yield.

Return the Land to its Former Use

Very few people may be aware that unlike agriculture that can be destructive for the land, #solarpowergeneration can actually leave the land rich and fertile. It invites back insects and birds for pollination. It preserves all the natural features of the land.  

Varchasva has a team of solar experts, who can counsel you on site selection and making the most out of your #solarpowerplant.

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