The Industrial Solar Company states they propose to put a 200 MW project in North Beaver Township.
Did you know?!
According to the current ordinance in North Beaver Township, the solar company is only responsible for 85% of the costs when the solar panels are decommissioned. So who is responsible for the remaining 15%? The landowner!
To decommissioning an industrial solar site, current costs on average are about $368,000/1-MW for a ground-mounted PV System. sourceImagine what this will cost in 30 years?
So what will it cost?
So with that current figure, it will be $73,600,00 to decommission a 200 MW solar project. Again, what will it cost in 30 years? The landowners will be responsible for 15% of that which is $11,040,00. Divide that by the current leasing 25 land owners and that is $441,600 per farmer give or take depending on the size of their operation.
So what does this mean?
Either the landowner will have to come up with this amount or their heirs will!
What happens if landowners can't afford to pay the 15%?
There may be abandoned solar farms deteriorating around North Beaver Township. If the land is not reverted back so it can take advantage of agriculture status, taxes will be higher and if taxes are higher and cannot be paid, the land will revert to the county and sold for taxes. How is this keeping the land in the family?