Work starts on 9.1MW UK solar farm

The construction of a 9.1MW solar farm has started near Swindon, West England. The Braydon Manor Farm is expected to produce enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 1,400 homes. It will […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The construction of a 9.1MW solar farm has started near Swindon, West England.

The Braydon Manor Farm is expected to produce enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 1,400 homes.

It will also save more than 2,500 tonnes of carbon per year.

The project is scheduled to be connected to the grid by January next year.

It is claimed to be the first split-ownership solar farm in the UK.

Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy (WWCE) owns 5MW of the project and 4.1MW belongs to a private ownership.

 

The project is expected to generate a community fund of more than £2 million to support the work of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

It will also be reinvested in other community projects during its 25-year lifetime.

Lesley Bennett, Chair of WWCE said: “As a community benefit company we want our members to think of their investment as a contribution to both the local community and the local environment.”