Newton Downs Farm

Following planning approval in July 2016, Good Energy has built a 5MW solar farm at Newton Downs Farm near Newton Ferrers in Devon. 

The main construction work took place between Autumn 2016 and late January 2017. Good Energy worked with UK-based installers Solar Century to build the solar farm.

The solar farm will generate enough renewable electricity to power approximately 1,400 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 solar power

Annual renewable electricity output: 5,500MWh* (projected)

Homes powered: 1,400**

Status: Operational

*Based on an installed capacity of 5MW and estimated solar resource and photovoltaic potential for the site location (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport) 

**Based on average annual household electricity consumption for 2015 of 3,938kWh (Source: DECC, Energy Consumption in the UK, 2016)

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