| ||The Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO) has released a new publication titled Negotiating Renewable Energy Leases.
“The FAO has been seeing an increase in the number of calls about negotiating wind and solar leases,” says Jeana Schuurman, rural engagement and communications specialist with the FAO. “In response, we’ve put together this new booklet to help landowners who are negotiating for a developer to lease land for the construction and operation of a solar or wind farm.”
Schuurman says the FAO wants Albertans to understand that a wind and solar lease is different than one for oil and gas. “Our publication explores some of the key differences. It’s important to understand that negotiating for a wind and solar lease is 100 per cent voluntary. There is no legislated compensation structure, and developers will offer different compensation structures. Landowners also need to be aware that the end-of-life considerations for wind and solar are also different than what we see in oil and gas.”
Hard copies of the publication are available through Agriculture and Forestry Publications at 310-FARM (3276). As well, a digital version can be downloaded from the FAO website.