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Solar Farm Tour
Sat 15 October 2016, 10:30 – 13:30 BST
Proof that you don’t have to be French or Chinese to build a power station in the UK!
The community-owned solar farm can produce enough electricity to supply about 650 local homes. We may go to a local pub for lunch afterwards.
If you can offer a lift share, or would like one, please join the discussion on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1258395187512971/
The solar farm is 2.5 miles away from the nearest train station at Lymington.
About the West Solent Solar Farm:
The solar farm is installed on a 12.65 acre (5.1 hectare) field near Lymington in Hampshire. Total installed capacity is 2.4MWp – but the maximum we can export to the Grid is 2.0 MW – limited by local Grid capacity. This is enough to supply about 650 local homes (or about 700 kettles or 2 million mobile phone chargers!).
The field was previously a gravel pit which was then used for landfill. Only 28% of the area of the field is covered by solar equipment, and only 3% of the field surface is no longer soil. The rest of the field between the solar panels is planted with a mix of wildflowers and grass. The ecology of the site has been surveyed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife trust and is carefully monitored to ensure maximum benefit for wildlife
Leave Lymington on the A337 towards Everton
After about a mile the is a roundabout with a Pub the White Hart on the
left and a Shell petrol station straight ahead.
Take the first exit and then immediately turn right into Lower
Continue straight for about a mile. There will be a turning to the right
which is tarmacked with a galvanised steel gate which will be open.
There is no sign. The solar farm is about 300m along the lane.
If you come to Solent Reach Mews you have gone too far, but it is very