Iwood Lane 8MW Solar Farm
Wessex Solar Energy submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council to construct and operate an 8 MWp solar farm at a site about 0.5 km to the east of Congresbury, Somerset.
Planning permission was awarded for the project in May 2014.
The solar farm will consist of over 38,000 solar panels. The panels are placed on top of steel frames, which are piled into the ground in a similar fashion to a fencepost. The panel ‘tables’ are positioned at an angle of between 20º and 35º from the ground and have a height of no more than 3.5 m from the ground to the top of the panel table.
On average, the annual electricity produced from the project will be of the order of 8,000,000 kWh, enough to power over 1,800 homes and prevent the emissions of up to 7,400 tonnes of CO2.
Electricity will be exported to the regional electricity network via a tee-in to an existing overhead line that crosses the site, operated by Western Power Distribution.