Creathorne Farm

The solar farm from the air. (Photo by Steve O’Callaghan using a drone and wide-angle lens)

Good Energy’s second operational solar farm at Creathorne Farm near Poundstock in North Cornwall started generating electricity in August 2014.

This 1.8MW solar farm near Widemouth Bay will generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 430 average homes.

Construction on the ten-acre site took just under six weeks to complete. The land between and around the solar panels will be grazed by the farm’s existing flock of sheep while its free range chicken business will continue to operate close by.

We will also be enhancing existing hedgerows by planting with native species while the perimeter of the site will be managed as species-rich grassland, great for nesting and foraging sites for wild birds. We will plant wild flower seeds in and around the panels which will be carefully managed by grazing and we hope will attract pollinating insects and a wide range of other wildlife.

Good Energy will be providing a community fund to the parishes of Poundstock and Marhamchurch for the lifetime of the solar farm which can be spent on local projects decided on by the community.

Project key facts

Installed capacity: 1.8MW

Annual renewable electricity output: 1,854MWh (projected)

Homes powered: 430

Status: Operational

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