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.


  • 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.