Newton Downs Farm
Following planning approval in July 2016, Good Energy has begun construction of a 5MW solar farm at Newton Downs Farm near Newton Ferrers in Devon.
The main construction work was due to take place between late Autumn 2016 and late January 2017. Good Energy is working with UK-based installers Solar Century to build the solar farm.
Once operational, the solar farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 1,300 average homes.
Good Energy has an agreement in principle with Yealm Community Energy (YCE), a local community benefit society, giving the community the right to buy the completed solar farm.
Once in community ownership, the project would generate funding for YCE’s work to tackle fuel poverty and reduce energy bills in the local area as well as delivering a return for local investors.
If the sale doesn’t go ahead, the project will still provide an annual community fund of at least £10,000 per year, helping to support a wide range of community-led projects.
Project key facts
Installed capacity: 5MW
Annual renewable electricity output: 5,500MWh* (projected)
Homes powered: 1,300**
Status: In construction
*Based on an installed capacity of 5MW and PVGIS estimates of solar estimates of solar electricity generation for the postcode location of the site of 1,110kWh per year for a 1kW system (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport).
**Based on the estimated annual output of 5,500MWh and the average annual household electricity consumption for 2014 of 4,001kWh (Source: DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK, 2015).
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