Following planning approval in August 2014, Good Energy’s fifth operational site started generating electricity in June 2015.
Located near Alderholt in Dorset, Crossroads Solar Farm generates enough solar energy to power approximately 1,300 average homes. The site is particularly well screened by natural undulations in the landscape as well as existing mature trees and hedgerows.
The environmental plan for the solar farm includes planting more trees and seeding a wildflower meadow which will be ideal for birds and pollinating insects as well as the grazing sheep.
For the lifetime of the solar farm, Good Energy will contribute more than £6,000 per year (rising with inflation) to a community fund which will be managed by a committee of local people. In addition to this, we have funded the installation of a 4kW solar PV system on the roof of St James’ First School and an energy-efficient heating system in the village hall.
Project key facts
Installed capacity: 5MW
Annual renewable electricity output: 5,150MWh*
Homes powered: 1,300**
*Based on site export data for 2016
**Based on average annual household electricity consumption for 2015 of 3,938kWh (Source: DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK, 2016)
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