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 will generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 1,250 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* (projected)
Homes powered: 1,250**
*Based on an installed capacity of 5MW and PVGIS estimates of solar electricity for the postcode 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 5,150MWh and the average annual household electricity consumption for 2014 of 4,001kWh (Source: Energy Consumption in the UK, 2015).
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