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K12 Energy provides a unique opportunity for landowners to participate in the economic benefits of a solar project -- distributing a royalty to all landowners plus the opportunity to participate in developing the solar project.


There is tremendous solar power generation potential in the United States. In five minutes, enough sunlight shines on the continental U.S. to satisfy our electricity demand for an entire month. The U.S. Southwest has particularly abundant and high quality resources for utility-scale solar power. Research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that the entire U.S. could be powered by utility-scale solar occupying just 0.6% of the nation's land mass.

How to participate

Here are your options to maximize the income your land can generate

  1. LEASE THE LAND - we understand the spirit of farmers and ranchers whose land is fundamental vehicle to generate wealth. One option is to lease your land for 25 to 35 years. This is income you can count on that does not depenend on weather or the economy since these long term contracts are set in stone from day 1.
  2. PARTICIAPTE IN THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS - many land owners feel they want to get more than rental income from their land. For those land owner, we offer the opportunity to participate in the development of the project and as a result get a royalty once the project construction is completed.
  3. SELL THE LAND -if leasing and participating in the projects is not for you. You also have the option to sell the land.

Is your land suitable for a Solar Project?

Here is a list of some important factors to consider to understand whether your parcels of land are well suited to develop a solar project. 

  • SIZE - the minimum land size is 5 acres for a small community solar project. A large project can require more than 250 acres. The size of the project is driven by the demand for renewable energy in the area and the electric grid capacity available.
  • LAND USE - every local jurisdiction has rules about the allowable use for a piece of land. The ideal piece of land would be zoned commercial which allows the construction and operation of a solar power plant. However, the rules vary for every jurisdiction. Parcels can be re-zoned if required. Previously disturbed land is preferred over land that has never been used. 
  • SHAPE - the ideal piece of land is a square. The least desirable piece of land is a skinny patch of land that is chopped by creeks, river or other elements.
  • VEGETATION - the ideal piece of land would not have any vegetation. Like a desert. The least ideal piece of land is full of large trees. The removal of large plants can be very costly and sometimes have environmental and other restrictions. Shrubs, weeds and small plants are typically not a problem. Previously used (disturbed) land is preferred. 
  • SLOPE - the ideal piece for a piece of land is flat. The least ideal piece of land is sloping to the north (in U.S. the Northern hemisphere). Steep slopes are not ideal.  
  • SOIL TYPE / FLOOD ZONE - the idela piece of land is not in a flood zone, is not rocky. is not sandy and is not contaminated. Plain dirt is the best type of soil.
  • SUBSTATION NEARBY - all solar projects need to be connected to the electric grid. Access to high-voltage transmission lines is key for the development of utility-scale solar power projects, as transmission lines are what move the power from where the electricity is generated to where it is consumed. The farther away the land is from the utility connection point the higher the cost to build the project. During the process we will conduct a detailed and costly interconnection impact study to make a final determination of the feasibilty.
  • LOW ALTERNATIVE USE VALUE - if you can plant a high profit crop, this is not the ideal piece of land. The ideal piece of land has a low alternative use value. For instance, the land does not have consistent water for irrigation or the crop you can plant is priced low.
  • CREEKS, RIVERS AND LAKES  - All projects will need to have an environmental impact study. Rivers, creeks, lakes, etc. will extend and increase the cost of the environmental impact study and possible increase the construction costs.