Community-owned solar farm in Lymington takes shape

Daily Echo: The solar farm site in Lymington The solar farm site in Lymington

IT’S the £2.5m solar farm funded by 500 investors who are determined to help win the battle against climate change.

Said to be the first scheme of its kind in Hampshire, the communityowned facility taking shape in a field overlooking the Solent is being built by a local co-operative.

After raising an initial £150,000 the team behind the project used bonds and a public share offer to generate the rest of the cash.

Each member contributed an average of £5,000 – and can expect to receive an eight-and-a-half per cent return on their investment.

The 9,372 panels being installed on a 12-acre site off Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, will generate enough electricity to power 600 homes.

The facility is due to be connected to the National Grid at the end of this month.

Electricity will be sold to Co-op Energy and supplied to homes in the Lymington and Pennington area by Scottish and Southern Energy.

The site is owned by Anthony Woolhouse, who is chairman of West Solent Solar Cooperative (WSSC).

“It’s the realisation of a dream that began a year ago,” he said.

“More than half the people who have invested in the scheme are locals – some of them even live in Lower Pennington Lane.

“Most of them got involved because they believe in local energy being used to supply local households, not trunked halfway across the country.

“We believe this solar farm is perfect.

It’s on a brownfield site in one of the sunniest locations in the UK.”

The share offer was launched at Lymington in March, with investors being invited to contribute between £250 and £20,000.

Mr Woolhouse said: “There was a massive amount of interest in being part of a local large-scale but low impact renewable energy project.

“Other community energy projects across the UK have run similar share offers successfully, so it’s about time there was a scheme in Hampshire.”

Volunteers have planted 1,000 trees to landscape the site, a former gravel pit that was filled in four years ago.

WSSC director Cathy Cook said: “After construction the whole field will be seeded with wild flowers.

Beehives will then be established and sheep brought in to graze the land.”

The facility is being built in partnership with Solarcentury.

Project manager Jason Arnold added: “Every effort will be made during construction to minimise disruption to local residents.”

The solar farm is due to be officially opened on September 14.

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2:21pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

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4:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
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Solar FREAKIN Farms Are So Passé



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WSSC director Cathy Cook said: “After construction the whole field will be seeded with wild flowers... Beehives will then be established and sheep brought in to graze the land.”

That's great, but ten years from now its going to look like very poor and greedy decision.. it would of been so much better if you had waited and used Transparent Solar Panels...

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What's not to like, huge solar greenhouses generating power, increasing food yields and saving water..


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The glass therefore works for longer during day and over the whole year.

A further benefit of the product for the residents of Integer House is that because the PV glass lets through the red light spectrum required for photosynthesis the atria will be IDEAL FOR GROWING PLANTS AND WILL PROVIDE A WARM PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO SIT OUT IN.

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[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: ,, Solar FREAKIN Farms Are So Passé https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=qlTA3rnp gzU ,,[/p][/quote],, WSSC director Cathy Cook said: “After construction the whole field will be seeded with wild flowers... Beehives will then be established and sheep brought in to graze the land.” That's great, but ten years from now its going to look like very poor and greedy decision.. it would of been so much better if you had waited and used Transparent Solar Panels... HAMPSHIRE'S VERY OWN SOLAR EDEN PROJECT... What's not to like, huge solar greenhouses generating power, increasing food yields and saving water.. ------ THE BBC'S TOMORROWS WORLD SHOW HOME POWER BY TRANSPARENT PV GLAZING 11/09/2013 The BBC's Tomorrows World show home of 1998 has undergone a refurbishment for the 21st century using Polysolar's transparent PV glazing on its three storey atrium. The 3.3kW solar PV array should provide more energy over the year than conventional PV panels on a watt-for-watt basis thanks to the product’s unique ability to absorb ambient and reflective light on both sides and in lower light conditions. The glass therefore works for longer during day and over the whole year. A further benefit of the product for the residents of Integer House is that because the PV glass lets through the red light spectrum required for photosynthesis the atria will be IDEAL FOR GROWING PLANTS AND WILL PROVIDE A WARM PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH TO SIT OUT IN. http://www.cambridge network.co.uk/news/b re-show-home-refurbi shment-uses-revoluti onary-polysolar6981/ ,,, Dan Soton
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