Oaklands became Good Energy’s seventh operational solar farm when it was commissioned in January 2016.
The 5MW solar farm north of Wareham in Dorset generates enough renewable electricity to power approximately 1,300 homes.
The site at Oaklands is very well-screened and positioned between a landfill site and a commercial forest. The land occupied by the solar panels was previously used as a Christmas tree plantation, some rough pasture and a motocross track.
In January 2017, the solar farm was sold to Eneco UK Ltd. Good Energy retains an option to buy power from Oaklands and will also be responsible for managing the site on behalf of the new owners.
The sale does not affect the environmental and community commitments made by Good Energy during the planning process.
The solar farm, will continue to generate a community fund worth at least £5,000 per year (rising with inflation) for the lifetime of the project. This fund will be controlled by local people and used to support community initiatives.
As asset managers for the site, Good Energy will also continue to oversee delivery of the site environmental plan, including grassland and heathland re-creation, sheep-grazing and introduction of a wetland area.
Project key facts
Installed capacity: 5MW
Annual renewable electricity output: 5,500MWh* (projected)
Homes powered: 1,300** (projected)
*Based on an installed capacity of 5MW and PVGIS estimates of solar electricity generation for the postcode of the site of 1,100kWh 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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