Sustainable Solar Farm Development


Solar Development - It's What We Do

Transmission-tied Development

Transmission projects are interconnected to the large overhead power lines that serve as the grid's "electrical highways." Due to the size of these power lines, the projects themselves must be large in their size and scope. They require at least 300 acres of land and direct access to an overhead transmission line. These project vary in size depending on location, utility and line voltage but can be as large as 2,000 acres! RES has years of development experience with these projects across the Southeast.


30-200 MW

Acres Used Per Project
Electricity Produced Per Project
Distribution-tied Developement

Distribution projects are generally two to five megawatts and are meant to provide electricity to the community in which they are located. They utilize the same power lines that serve local homes and businesses to deliver the project's electricity to the local utility substation. The owner of the substation, either investor-owned utility, electric membership cooperative, or municipality, then distributes the electricity as needed to their customers, without relying on a distant power plant. These projects help diversify the power supply by providing clean, reliable power close to where it is consumed. These projects are best suited for 20-50 acres.



Local Homes Powered Per Project
Tons of Carbon Offset Annually per Project

By the Numbers

20 Projects

207 Megawatts AC

1,000+ Acres

Fully Developed

30+ Projects

1.6 Gigawatts

8,000+ Acres

Under Development


Tons of Annual Carbon Offset

Utilities Developed With


Potential Capital Investment



01 / Local

RES is a family-owned  and operated business based in  Pittsboro, NC, about thirty minutes from Raleigh. We pride ourselves on conducting business in the most straight-forward and honest way possible, preferring in-person meetings and handshakes. We meet with landowners in person to answer questions, explain the development process and address concerns to help you feel comfortable with a embarking with us on a long-term development journey.

02 / Experienced

Operating since 2013, we have seen solar in North Carolina grow from infancy to the second most installed capacity in America. During that time, we brought many projects to commercial operation and have now expanded to operate in North and South Carolina and Virginia. Our familiarity with utility processes & applications across the Southeast, state & federal regulations and local zoning processes ensures your project has the best chance of succeeding.

03 / Passionate

Solar energy has been a part of our family since 2001 when John learned to incorporate passive and active solar into his residential building design. The technology has come a long way since then, and so have we. We have evolved to focus on it almost exclusively. Today, having seen its power on a utility-scale, we work diligently to create a world powered by the sun.


Partner with RES to put your land to its highest and best use

At RES, we partner with landowners to coordinate and execute all aspects of the project development process. This includes interconnection analysis and study, environmental diligence, zoning, surveying, and regulatory approvals. Throughout this entire process, we are there each step of the way to ensure details are communicated, issues are dealt with, and the project is constructed. Our minimally invasive development process ensures your land is not graded or cleared until the project is 100% approved, giving you the freedom to use it as you normally would prior to construction.

In our customer-centered model, we have aligned our interests with yours so we do not benefit unless you do too!

For your land to be eligible, it must:

  • Distribution: Minimum of 20 acres of continuous land

  • Transmission: Minimum of 300 acres of continuous or contiguous land

  • Access to power-lines and/or a utility substation

  • Generally free of wetlands, endangered species and floodplains

  • Grade of 15% or less

Benefits of a project:

Cash Flow From Your Land

Long-Term Leases

Annual Rent Escalation


Significant community tax-base increase (paid by project) 

No Soil Contamination



John Delafield

John was a residential home builder in the triangle area of North Carolina for thirty years. Mr. Delafield, who specialized in green construction, built the first interactive solar house in Progress Energy’s service territory. John has had a public service role in promoting renewable energy in the State, serving on the board of North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) for two years and helped to write and configure the NC Green Power program.  John is currently CEO of RES.

Matt Delafield

Matthew is a graduate from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Development. Matthew has worked in the solar industry for the past 7 years developing projects across the Carolinas. Based in Pittsboro, NC, Matt currently serves as COO of RES, overseeing operations and the portfolio of projects. 



Tom Delafield

Tom joined the team in the summer of 2017 bringing both policy and corporate experience. Previously, he worked for Oracle selling enterprise financial software to a range of industries including Health Care, Pharmaceuticals and Manufacturing. He holds a Public Policy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Based in Pittsboro, Tom currently serves as Director of Project Development.


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