From the project initiation to the commissioning of the photovoltaic power station, your Photosol contact person will accompany you throughout the entire project.
We take care of all the administrative procedures and surveys, ensure maintenance and monitoring of production, dismantling at the end of the contract and the restoration of your land.
The commitment to lease agreement is for a period of 4 years, giving Photosol the time to:
Your land remains available to continue your business until the work begins. The signing of the commitment to lease guarantees the availability of the land to Photosol for a solar farm project and the development of a comprehensive agricultural project.
For each project, we ensure that economic interests are combined with the preservation of your agricultural operation, the environment and the landscape. These surveys are compulsory to apply for a building permit, and allow the design of an agrivoltaic project adapted to the biodiversity and landscape features before the building permit application is drafted.
The agricultural, environmental and landscape surveys are conducted simultaneously over a total period of 12 months.
Supported by agricultural professionals, your project is created around your agricultural operation in order to preserve your business in a meaningful way. Depending on the requirements defined in conjunction with the agricultural experts, Photosol sets up and finances compensatory measures such as production investments (irrigation, processing tools, etc.) and investments in the local agricultural economy (creation of a collective sales point, a local supply chain, etc.).
Fauna and flora surveys are carried out by a team of experts commissioned and financed by Photosol to analyse, understand and evaluate the biodiversity issues on your land.
This phase of observation of the species and their behaviour (nesting, hunting, migration, etc.) in the defined area guides the potential installation of features (such as additional planting). This survey can be used to identify areas of land to be preserved where no photovoltaic panels will be installed.
Landscape integration in the heart of your region is an important part of the development of your agrivoltaic project. We work with landscapers who create a sensitivity map based on 3 areas: living environment, traffic routes, cultural or sporting points of interest. This map facilitates a better visual integration of the photovoltaic power station in the local landscape.
The preparation of the building permit application takes into account the recommendations of the surveys as well as the technical and economic issues. Concerned with respecting a community-based approach, we consult all stakeholders (local authority, communauté de communes (inter-communal council), etc.) for more favourable acceptance of the project.
The building permit application (including the environmental impact survey) is sent to the prefecture, together with the preliminary agricultural survey. All of these elements are submitted to the regulatory authorities (DDT, DREAL, SDIS, etc.).
It can take 12 to 20 months to process a building permit application.
Experience shows that our values and ethics are appreciated by the territories: 95% of our submitted projects have obtained a building permit.
The electricity produced by the photovoltaic power station is fed into the local electricity grid (ENEDIS or other) via a delivery station. The connection (route, schedule, cost, choice of service providers, etc.) is examined and subject to an agreement between Photosol and the local distributor before work begins.
Establishing a connection agreement: 12 months
Obtaining a resale price for the electricity is key to securing financing for the agrivoltaic power station. We give priority to resale at state-supported tariffs, via the calls for tender issued by the CRE, Commission de Régulation de l’Energie (French Energy Regulatory Commission).
On average, this solution is more profitable and is guaranteed for a period of 20 years.
Obtaining an electricity resale tariff: 12 months
Photosol provides 100% of the project funding. You will not need to invest, and if you wish, we can also include you in the financing:
Once all previous steps have been completed, we sign a long-term lease of more than 30 years with the notary.
At this point, Photosol has obtained all the necessary permits and financing: the construction of the photovoltaic power station can begin!
In order to comply with our commitment to maintain a significant agricultural operation and for the necessary management of the vegetation on the photovoltaic power station, we sign two contracts with the farmer:
Therefore, a farmer who connects us with the owner of a piece of land that they farm, has access to the land free of charge without any rent, benefits from the equipment and the shade of the panels and is compensated for their farming operation. The compensation takes into account the loss of PAC aid.
Estimated duration: 6 months (depending on the size of the project)
In the presence of a notary we commit to assume responsibility for the complete restoration of your land. The solar panels are collected free of charge by the recycler Soren, the steel of the structures and the copper of the cables are recyclable and reusable.
Before the end of the lease we are committed to making adequate provision for the cost of dismantling work. At the end of the lease, you will have the choice to:
Duration: 6 to 12 months
Our Photom teams, a regional subsidiary of the Photosol group, carry out the following tasks for each of our photovoltaic stations:
The analysis of the production of each power station and its injection into the local network is continuously transmitted to our monitoring office, allowing us to detect technical requirements and to coordinate the activities of the regional maintenance teams.
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