- Project Name Manor farm Solar Farm
- Project Location Silton, Dorset
- Project size 5.0MW
- Land Area 33 acres
- Construction start Date 20.11.13
INRG are transforming a brownfield site into a 5mw solar farm. The 35 acre solar farm site at Manor Farm in Silton was used in the past as a quarry-cum-landfill site before planning permission was granted to INRG solar to transform the site into an eco friendly solar farm.
With over 25000 panels fixed to steel framing, the overall profile across the installation does not exceed 2.1m high. The naturally well screened site is connected to the local 33KV network on site and will save 3.2 tonnes CO2 year on year.
INRG has managed all aspects of the farms development, including liaising directly with SSE to ensure a robust and timely connection to the national grid.
An array of additional native species hedge and tree screening has been successfully planted along the perimeter of the site in order to reduce the visual impact on the surrounding landscape.
Construction has commenced in November 2013 and will be complete in March 2014
- Project Name Sutton Fawr Solar Farm
- Project Location Barry, Vale of Glamorgan
- Project Size MW 7.4MW
- Land Area 47 acres
- Construction start Date 30.11.13
Sutton fawr solar farm is situated east of Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. Although 25,000 photovoltaic panels have been installed, this only equates to 30% of the rented area being used; leaving attractive options for land diversification such as sheep grazing.
The green electricity generated by this solar farm is sufficient to power over 2800 UK households.
Following community consultations during the planning application process, INRG ensured the safeguarding of established hedges that were important to local residents and also planted additional hedgerows, grass and wild flowers.
The existing and enhanced boundary planting effectively hides the development from view, thus having a minimal impact on the wider countryside and landscape in the area.
The solar farm is set across two fields covering around 46 acres in total. With such a large site there were a number of challenges in completing the design; the need to accommodate local ecology and two localised archaeologically sensitive areas. INRG carried out a thorough geo-physical survey of the site and two areas of archaeological interest were identified. In consultation with the local archaeological officer INRG have designed a non penetrative method of mounting panels in these areas to preserve the archaeological areas in situ.
- Project Name West Hall Solar Farm
- Project Location West Aberthaw, Vale of Glamorgan
- Project Size MW 5.6 MW
- Land Area 32 acres
- Construction start Date 01/12/2013
Two miles from Cardiff International airport West Hall Solar Farm is an exceptional example of solar farming. The 37 acre site delivers an exceptional layout for solar panels coupled with a slight southerly gradient enabling the rows to be positioned closer together.
West Hall is a 5.6MWp solar farm installed on 37 acres of low grade agricultural land in West Aberthaw in the Vale of Glamorgan. The site is sandwiched between a large concrete works and a power station.
This solar farm consists of approximately 18000 solar panels, with the capacity to generate 5,400 MWh per year. The energy produced is distributed in the surrounding area and is expected to power around 2000 homes, which translates into a saving of nearly 1290 tonnes of carbon per year.
Renewable energy schemes like this installation at West Hall is a prime example of how INRG is helping Government achieve its target of 20 percent of the UK’s electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2020.
- Project Name Sutton Fawr Solar Farm
- Project Location East Hanney Oxfordshire
- Project Size MW 42MW
- Land Area 220 Acres
- Construction start Date 20/11/13
The changing face of UK power?, Landmead Farm is the largest farm in INRG’s UK portfolio, and currently the largest solar farm in the UK.
Situated adjacent to the recently closed Didcot oil/coal power station, the flat and well screened site sits beside the six giant 200 metre towers of the closed power plant.
Greenpeace estimate that didcot was the second most polluting plant in the uk.
Connected directly into the local SSE sub-station, Landmead solar farm will power over 15000 homes with clean renewable energy. INRG worked closely with the local authority and local parish councils to ensure that the best site was selected.
At 2.1 metres high the solar panels are barely visible in the surrounding area, with no noise, no emissions and minimal ongoing traffic, the development of the site has been welcomed in the local area and is the clearest indication of the changing face of UK power.
Construction has been commenced by INRG and is due to be completed by July 2014.