Woolbridge Solar Farm near Wool in Dorset was the first solar farm to be developed, built and operated by Good Energy.
Completed in June 2014, it now generates enough renewable electricity to power around 1,300 average homes.
Following construction, a wildflower meadow has been planted across the site to help enhance wildlife habitat and provide for sheep grazing.
For the lifetime of the project, Good Energy will contribute at least £5,000 per year (rising with inflation) to a community fund. This fund is controlled by a committee of local people and used to support community initiatives. Projects supported to date include the refurbishment of the foyer at Wool Library and improved facilities at Bovington skatepark.
As part of its commitment to invest in the community, Good Energy has also funded the installation of small-scale solar PV systems at three local primary schools (Bovington, Wool Church of England and St Mary & St Joseph’s) and at D’Urbeville Hall in Wool.
Project key facts
Installed capacity: 5MW
Annual renewable electricity output: 5,200MWh*
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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