Host It: Lease Land to Solar Developers in Georgia
A host is a property owner who “hosts” solar panels, leasing land or roof space to a solar developer (“owner”).
Investing in a solar panel project not quite right for you? Get your surplus space to work for you! If you have roof or land located in a Georgia Power or TVA service area, you can still participate in solar utility programs.
What Bright Spaces Can Do For You
We will pre-qualify your space for free and introduce you to solar developers prepared to lease your space for the term of the utility power purchase agreement (PPA).
Leasing your space for solar development brings the following benefits:
- Convert a non-performing area into an income-generating asset to help fund a project, reduce overhead cost or pay for roof replacement. Not too shabby!
- Rooftop applications can reduce heat transfer from the sun, reducing the building’s air conditioning load (and your bills).
- Use Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to meet your sustainability goals (available in Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative program only).
Host It Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will the solar facility interfere with my existing electrical infrastructure?
A: No. The solar facility is completely separate and will connect through a new meter installed by the utility.
Q: How will I know the solar system is designed properly?
A: Just like any other construction project, developers must obtain the proper permits and permissions before construction begins. Most importantly, the host site has final approval rights of plans and specifications for the original build and any subsequent alterations.
Q: How will I know the solar system is installed properly?
A: Bright Spaces has three NABCEP-certified technicians that supervise construction of the facility. Upon completion, the facility must pass city and/or county inspections as well as pass inspection from the utility prior to interconnection with the grid.
Q: What happens at the end of the 20-year lease period?
A: There are generally three options at the end of the lease term: (1) the parties agree to renew the lease; (2) the host site can purchase the solar facility at fair market value; or (3) Bright Spaces will relocate the system and restore your property to its original condition.
Q: My building is owned by a non-profit. Is it eligible for Bright Spaces?
A: Yes. In fact, we encourage participation from all non-profits to enhance the community benefit of the program.
Q: What happens if a storm causes damage to my property, your panels or someone gets hurt?
A: In the event a storm causes harm to property or person, Bright Spaces carries all the necessary property and liability insurance coverage required by law and host site.
Q: My property has a mortgage from the bank. Does this disqualify my property from participating in the Bright Spaces program?
A: No. Bright Spaces’ team will work with the property owner to ensure all interested parties agree to the lease terms.
Q: Who is responsible for maintaining the solar facility?
A: Bright Spaces is responsible for maintenance of the system. Bright Spaces requires 24/7 access in the unlikely event maintenance or repairs are needed.
Q: If the solar facility is on my roof, will it cause damage, leaks, or breach the roof warranty?
A: No. Bright Spaces uses only ballasted systems for flat roofs and special clamps for metal pitched roofs and guarantees not to penetrate your roof membrane or breach your roof warranty.
Q: How do I know if my roof can handle the extra load from the solar panels?
A: Bright Spaces follows all state building codes and regulations. We will first inspect your roof to determine if it can handle the extra weight of the panels.
Q: What happens if I need to repair or replace my roof?
A: Roof repair or replacement during the 20-year term is very likely. The Bright Spaces Lease Agreement covers all matters relating to repairs and replacement. This will be discussed in detail before any obligations are made.
Q: Can I build my own solar facility on my own property?
A: Yes. Bright Spaces both develops its own solar power systems and provides full turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services to its clients. See how our Own & Host It program works.
Q: What are RECs?
A: REC stands for “renewable energy credit” and represents the environmental features associated with renewable energy. Georgia Power buys the power, but not the RECs. RECs are available to a host site as part of the Bright Spaces program.