Solar Panel barn

stretch3050

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These are the buildings solar companies are building on farms for free, would these barns pay for themselves here? or is the weather not good enough?

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Exfarmer

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Bury St Edmunds
I am unaware of such buildings available now, when the FITs were running it was possible to get them, but I think you would still have to pay a certain amount for the electricity produced.
I would also doubt that that barn was paid for entirely by the solar company due to the structures at the back and the fitting out. The ones I saw were just a a south facing roof no cladding or anything else.
 

Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
I was thinking if I was to build a new barn, would it make sense to build one with a panel roof? similar to the one pictured
I think it will be cheaper to have a roof under and put panels on top. But I am uncertain of the costs. If the roof is going to be insulated the panels are definitely better on top as they do not like running hot
 
Here in France the power companies put up the building for free but you need to sign a 20 year contract for them to harvest the solar and you need to do all other works to the building as you only get a frame and roof. We are looking at it if we manage to buy our own place but installed on existing roofs. The accountant reckoned on about 100k€ per 100 megawatts payed back over 15 years. The pay back is something between 20-30k/100mw/year so after loan repayments (very cheap interest here) we should clear 7-10k€/100mw/year for the first 15 years and then on to full whack there after. Seems quite interesting to me.
 

Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
Here in France the power companies put up the building for free but you need to sign a 20 year contract for them to harvest the solar and you need to do all other works to the building as you only get a frame and roof. We are looking at it if we manage to buy our own place but installed on existing roofs. The accountant reckoned on about 100k€ per 100 megawatts payed back over 15 years. The pay back is something between 20-30k/100mw/year so after loan repayments (very cheap interest here) we should clear 7-10k€/100mw/year for the first 15 years and then on to full whack there after. Seems quite interesting to me.
I know nothing of the situation in France I assume you no longer have a system of FITs so you are relying on Exports , or do you hope to use most of it?
What sort of price can you get for export?
 
I know nothing of the situation in France I assume you no longer have a system of FITs so you are relying on Exports , or do you hope to use most of it?
What sort of price can you get for export?
I have absolutely no idea 🤷‍♂️ it was just a recommendation from our accountant to make some relatively easy money! I only have his figures to go on and it all hinges on our buying a farm with suitable buildings to install the roof mounted panels.

In fact this is my first time to this part of the forum to do a little research.
 

e3120

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Northumberland
Here in France the power companies put up the building for free but you need to sign a 20 year contract for them to harvest the solar and you need to do all other works to the building as you only get a frame and roof. We are looking at it if we manage to buy our own place but installed on existing roofs. The accountant reckoned on about 100k€ per 100 megawatts payed back over 15 years. The pay back is something between 20-30k/100mw/year so after loan repayments (very cheap interest here) we should clear 7-10k€/100mw/year for the first 15 years and then on to full whack there after. Seems quite interesting to me.
I suspect that is 100 kilowatts, as you would generate significant shed envy if you have roofs to support 100 Meg.
 

Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
I have absolutely no idea 🤷‍♂️ it was just a recommendation from our accountant to make some relatively easy money! I only have his figures to go on and it all hinges on our buying a farm with suitable buildings to install the roof mounted panels.

In fact this is my first time to this part of the forum to do a little research.
welcome to renewables :)
you should get a decent yield down in thew Auvergne
I suspect that is 100 kilowatts, as you would generate significant shed envy if you have roofs to support 100 Meg.
I rather like the sound of 100K Euro for 100 Meg ;)
Even 100KW is a decent sized shed 6,000 Sq M +
 

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