Exhibition will set out plans for new Good Energy solar site in Alderholt
Independent 100% renewable electricity company Good Energy is inviting local residents in Alderholt to view its proposals for a 5MW solar farm on land to the south of the village.
The company is running an exhibition later this month and inviting the community to review and comment on its plans for the 25-acre site at Warren Park Farm. The site is close to Good Energy’s Crossroads Plantation solar farm, which went live earlier this year.
The proposals cover just one field which is well screened by forestry and natural undulations in the land. The solar farm, which would be capable of providing enough electricity to meet the needs of around 1,200 average homes1, is being designed to allow sheep to graze between and around the panels.
As with its Crossroads site, and all its other developments, enhancing biodiversity of the site forms an important part of the company’s plans. The proposals include planting new wildflower meadows and grassland to encourage pollinating insects, small mammals and ground-nesting and foraging birds.
They also include improvements to hedgerows and purpose-built habitats such as bird boxes and refuges to provide safe haven for a rich variety of species.
Good Energy would also set up a new community fund worth at least £1,000 per MW of installed capacity, rising with inflation, for every year the solar farm is operating, to be managed by local people to support local projects. This fund would be in addition to the one being established for the nearby Crossroads Solar Farm.
“Just like the Crossoads site, we believe the Warren Park Farm site is an ideal location for a solar farm,” said Good Energy’s Hugo House. “We’d like to think the local community had a positive experience with our approach to the development of the existing solar farm and aim to surpass that if we get the go-ahead for this second site.
“We know one of the things people are concerned about with any new development is how access to the site would be managed. In this case, access to the Warren Park site would be via the farm’s existing driveway, just off Ringwood Road.”
Hugo added: “We recognise that this is the holiday period, but we hope that as many people as possible will be able to find the time to drop in to the exhibition and find out more.
“If anyone can’t make it to the main exhibition, we’re also making information and feedback forms available via Alderholt Parish Council at the village hall office, and there is an online survey available on our website.”
The main exhibition will take place on Thursday, 20 August at Alderholt Village Hall between 3pm-7.30pm. Members of the project team will be on hand to discuss the proposals and to receive feedback on the development.
The project website can be found at: www.goodenergy.co.uk/warren-park-solar-farm
Note to editors:
The estimated annual output of Warren Park Solar Farm would be 4,905MWh. This is based on an installed capacity of 5MW and PVGIS estimates of solar electricity generation for the postcode location of the site of 1,020kWh per year for a 1kW system (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport). The estimated number of homes supplied is based on the estimated annual output of 4,905MWh and the average annual household electricity consumption for 2013 of 4,192 KWh (DECC: Energy Consumption in the UK 2014).
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Good Energy is a fast-growing green energy company, generating and supplying 100% renewable electricity to homes and businesses across the UK, all wrapped up in great customer service. Our mission is to support change in the energy market, tackle climate change and boost energy security. Good Energy has consistently been ranked first or second in Which? energy company customer satisfaction surveys for the past four years. Good Energy invests in renewable energy including wind, solar, hydro and tidal.
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