Free solar panels, cash for eligible landowners
Pacific Gas and Electric, a Sacramento consulting firm and a solar panel provider in Roseville have teamed up to offer a tempting deal if you own at least a half-acre of land to put solar panels on.They are offering area farmers, ranchers and landowners the chance to own a half-acre of solar panels at no expense to the landowner, who will be paid $3,260 annually for 20 years to have the panels on their land, said Edward Silva, a UC Davis, undergraduate and employee of Sacramento-based Vorhies Consulting.
There are no maintenance, installation or any other costs to the landowner, “as this is, essentially, a half-acre land lease,” with panels supplied by 2COR9, a Roseville-based firm, he said in a written statement.
Silva, who studies international agricultural development at UCD, said the offer is good for a limited time through next year. It guarantees the landowner a 20-year contract with the annual payment for the life of the contract.
PG&E is the primary source of the cash, said Silva, noting that the power company will be buying the power from the landowner and placing it on the grid.