Creathorne Farm

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 generates 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 is now grazed by the farm’s existing flock of sheep while its free range chicken business continues to operate close by.

We have enhanced existing hedgerows by planting native species while the perimeter of the site is now managed as species-rich grassland, great for nesting and foraging sites for wild birds. We have sown a wild flower meadow in and around the panels which is carefully managed by grazing and also helps to attract pollinating insects and a wide range of other wildlife.

Good Energy has also provided a community fund of £60,000 split between the parishes of Poundstock and Marhamchurch to be spent on local projects.

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Project key facts

Installed capacity: 1.8MW

Annual renewable electricity output: 1,850MWh* (projected)

Homes powered: 460**

Status: Operational

*Based on an installed capacity of 1.8MW and PVGIS estimates of solar electricity generation for the epostcode location of the site of 1,030kWh per year for a 1kW system (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport).

**Based on the estimated annual output of 1,850MWh and the average annual household electricity consumption for 2014 of 4,001kWh (Source: DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK, 2015).

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