Landowners and E.ON
Working With Landowners
We have experience working on ranches, farmland and reclaimed mines
E.ON understands it cannot develop renewable projects without the cooperation and participation of landowners like you. We put a premium on understanding your current land use and working with you to ensure that a renewable energy project is compatible with your existing operations. E.ON traditionally works with landowners to reach an agreement that provides a defined development term and, once the project is constructed, a long-term operations period. Typically, landowners receive rent during the development period and ongoing revenue from the sale of energy produced during the operations term. This structure ensures that our interests are aligned. We are incentivized to build the project as quickly as possible, and to find the best market for the power.
The Development Process
Real Estate Agreements
E.ON first meets with landowners to discuss how the project development process works, how the lease agreement works, and how landowners, their families, and their communities can benefit from a wind farm or other renewable energy project. Then, when a landowner is ready to become part of the project, we work with them to reach a lease agreement that allows us to develop, build and operate the project and spells out how the land owner will be compensated over the life of the project. Once an agreement is in place, E.ON begins doing all the development activities needed to make the project a reality: measuring the resource, establishing how and where the project will be connected to the grid, and performing all the environmental and other studies needed to secure the permits to build the project.
We can then compare that information to historic data in order to fully understand the wind energy potential of your land. This measurement process lasts at least one year.
Energy on the grid
At the same time that E.ON is measuring the resource, E.ON is working with the transmission system operator to determine how energy from the project can be put into the electric grid.
Permitting and Real Estate Review
Next, E.ON’s team of engineering professionals works with a wide variety of stakeholders to design the most efficient renewable energy project possible at the site. For a wind farm, when this stage is complete, we can tell you how many turbines will go on your land. Many different factors will affect the final site plan, including resource characteristics, environmental constraints and obstructions, and federal, state and local zoning requirements.
Selling the Power
Depending upon the market conditions, E.ON may elect to sell the energy on the open market, enter into a contract to sell the energy to a utility, power marketer or commercial client, or market the power through another offtake arrangement.
Constructing a renewable energy project
Working with landowners to maintain existing uses of your property
Building a renewable energy project generally takes 6 to 12 months. For example, construction of a wind farm consists of improving or installing roads capable of transporting turbine parts, excavating and installing foundations, erecting tower sections, installing nacelles, hubs, and blades with cranes, trenching underground cable, and installing a limited amount of overhead transmission line. On all of its projects, E.ON uses modern, utility scale wind turbines that operate smoothly and quietly even in high winds.