Sustainable Solar Farm Development
Renewable Energy Services
Solar Farm Development-It's What We Do
RES is a family-owned and operated business founded in 2013, originally based in Pittsboro, NC, and currently headquartered in Durham, NC. We pride ourselves on conducting business in the most straightforward 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 embarking with us on a long-term development journey.
Transmission projects are interconnected to the large overhead power lines that serve as the grid's "electrical highways." Due to the size and voltage of these power lines, the projects themselves must also be large in their size and scope. They typicaly require at least 300 acres of land and proximate access to an overhead transmission line. These projects 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 and a track record of success in developing these projects across the Southeast.
300-2,000 acres used per project
30-200 MW electricity produced per project
300+ Local Homes Powered per Project
2,225 Tons of Carbon Offset Annually per Project
Distribution projects are generally two to ten 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 20-100 acres.
RES In Numbers
248 MW AC
tons of annual carbon offset
potential capital investment
Operating since 2013, we have seen solar in North Carolina grow from infancy to the fourth 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, Virginia, and the broader Mid-Atlantic region. Our familiarity with utility processes & applications, state & federal regulations, energy policy, and local zoning processes ensures your project has the best chance of succeeding.
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. 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
SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY TAX-BASE INCREASE (paid by project)
LONG TERM LEASES
ANNUAL RENT ESCALATION
NO SOIL CONTAMINATION
MEET THE MANAGEMENT TEAM
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 recently retired but remains an advisor to the company.
Matt is a graduate from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Development. Matt has worked in the solar industry for the past 10 years developing projects across the Carolinas and played an instrumental role in building out RES' development pipeline. Matt currently serves as CEO of RES, overseeing the company's development strategy, operation, and project portfolios.
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. Tom currently serves as RES' Director of Project Development, managing the development team and overseeing all development activities.