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What are Solar Farms?

 

  • Solar farms are the large-scale application of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate green, clean electricity at large scale, usually to feed into the grid.

  • Solar farms can cover anything between 1 acre and 100's of acres, and are usually developed in rural areas.

  • Solar farms go through a rigorous planning procedure before they are approved. This takes into account the suitability of the specific site, any potential impact on the area and relevant renewable energy targets.

 

Some fun facts about solar farms:
 

  • They generate electricity locally and feed into the local electricity grid using a free source of energy (the Sun            )  to generate electricity  on bright cloudy days as well as in direct sunlight.

  • For every  5MW installed, a solar farm will power over 1,000 homes annually (based on an average annual consumption of 5,500 kWh of electricity for a house) and save 2,150 tons of CO2. Approximately 25 acres of land is required for every 5 megawatts (MW) of installation.

  • They represent time-limited, reversible land use and provide an increased, diversified and  stable source of income for landowners.

  • They may have dual purpose usage with sheep or other animals grazing between rows, and can help to support biodiversity by allowing small animals access to otherwise fenced-off land, with bird and insect fodder plants and wildflowers sown around the modules.

  •  There are no moving parts, therefore maintenance is minimal

  •  There is no by-product or waste generated, except during manufacturing or dismantling.

  •  Renewables give the customer the choice of buying green electricity and reduce reliance on scarce fossil fuels