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Climate Change & Solar Farms

Photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are similar to those found on pocket calculators, can be used to generate electricity on a large scale. They are increasingly used on rooftop or ‘building integrated’ schemes and on ground mounted farms in the UK to reduce the carbon footprint of housing or other developments.  They have also been commercially proven on large scale multi-megawatt generation plants since the 1990s.

The panels are arranged in rows and are tilted to an angle appropriate for the location, between 20-35 degrees for a flat site in the UK. There is a space between the rows to take into account the shadow cast by each row.  This can be between 5-10 metres (16-32 feet).  This space between rows and the space under the panels can remain as pasture and would still be available for grazing of sheep.

The panels are cabled together and the cabling runs to a small building about 4 metres (13 feet) tall, there the electricity is converted from DC to AC and exported to the local grid.  A supply of electricity to neighbouring buildings can be taken from this point to provide power from the solar site.  The electricity is exported through either the 11 kV or 33 kV grid system on wooden poles.  There are no tall metal pylons required. Depending on the choice of panel technology and the natural slope of the site 1 MW of panels can be located on between 5-6 acres of land.

Wessex Solar Energy
Barmoor Farm House
Hepscott, Morpeth
NE61 6LB

01670 517 888