Paddock Wood Solar Farm
Kent UK
9.2MWp

Paddock Wood Solar Farm
Kent UK
9.2MWp

Paddock Wood Solar Farm
Kent UK
9.2MWp

Paddock Wood Solar Farm
Kent UK
9.2MWp

Paddock Wood solar farm is located in Paddock Wood, Kent. The original land use of the site was arable and the fact it was bordered to the north by apple orchards gave an interesting opportunity to try and bring that existing land use into the area of the solar farm, and combine it with pond restoration and community involvement in the ecology of the area

Paddock Wood solar farm is located in Paddock Wood, Kent. The original land use of the site was arable and the fact it was bordered to the north by apple orchards gave an interesting opportunity to try and bring that existing land use into the area of the solar farm, and combine it with pond restoration and community involvement in the ecology of the area

Paddock Wood solar farm is located in Paddock Wood, Kent. The original land use of the site was arable and the fact it was bordered to the north by apple orchards gave an interesting opportunity to try and bring that existing land use into the area of the solar farm, and combine it with pond restoration and community involvement in the ecology of the area

Paddock Wood solar farm is located in Paddock Wood, Kent. The original land use of the site was arable and the fact it was bordered to the north by apple orchards gave an interesting opportunity to try and bring that existing land use into the area of the solar farm, and combine it with pond restoration and community involvement in the ecology of the area

Paddock Wood Solar Farm is a 9.2MWp solar farm in Kent that was developed by Luminous Energy and constructed in 2015 by Belectric Solar Ltd. Luminous agreed to sell the ready to build project to Belectric as it had recently established Big60Million, a Community Benefit Energy Company that provided opportunities for the 60 Million residents of the UK to invest in new solar farms. The investment opportunity was initially open to local residents and subsequently widened to a national audience, enabling a total of Β£6m to be raised to part fund the construction of the solar farm via a solar bond portfolio.

Luminous incorporated various ecological enhancements in the design to encourage wildlife to coexist with the solar farm and also help it integrate into the local landscape. Apple trees were planted along the eastern boundary to match the adjacent land uses to the north and provide visual screening from the nearby laneway. The apple blossoms are pollinated by bees in hives that have been installed on the solar farmby local beekeepers, with the bees also assisting in pollination of local agricultural crops such as oilseed rape.

The solar arrays are set back from a pond on the land to protect great crested newts found in an ecological survey, and the pond itself was also restored to create a more attractive environment for the newts. Bird nest and bat roost boxes were installed on the solar arrays and in trees surrounding the site. Local school children were invited to decorate these boxes to promote interest in the scheme. Wood removed during habitat management or other work operations has been kept in piles and placed along the edge of hedgerows to provide valuable invertebrate habitat and shelter for other species including small mammals.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm demonstrates how with careful consideration and community liaison solar farms can be successfully assimilated into a local landscape and provide meaningful benefits for both the local population and environment.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm is a 9.2MWp solar farm in Kent that was developed by Luminous Energy and constructed in 2015 by Belectric Solar Ltd. Luminous agreed to sell the ready to build project to Belectric as it had recently established Big60Million, a Community Benefit Energy Company that provided opportunities for the 60 Million residents of the UK to invest in new solar farms. The investment opportunity was initially open to local residents and subsequently widened to a national audience, enabling a total of Β£6m to be raised to part fund the construction of the solar farm via a solar bond portfolio.

Luminous incorporated various ecological enhancements in the design to encourage wildlife to coexist with the solar farm and also help it integrate into the local landscape. Apple trees were planted along the eastern boundary to match the adjacent land uses to the north and provide visual screening from the nearby laneway. The apple blossoms are pollinated by bees in hives that have been installed on the solar farmby local beekeepers, with the bees also assisting in pollination of local agricultural crops such as oilseed rape.

The solar arrays are set back from a pond on the land to protect great crested newts found in an ecological survey, and the pond itself was also restored to create a more attractive environment for the newts. Bird nest and bat roost boxes were installed on the solar arrays and in trees surrounding the site. Local school children were invited to decorate these boxes to promote interest in the scheme. Wood removed during habitat management or other work operations has been kept in piles and placed along the edge of hedgerows to provide valuable invertebrate habitat and shelter for other species including small mammals.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm demonstrates how with careful consideration and community liaison solar farms can be successfully assimilated into a local landscape and provide meaningful benefits for both the local population and environment.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm is a 9.2MWp solar farm in Kent that was developed by Luminous Energy and constructed in 2015 by Belectric Solar Ltd. Luminous agreed to sell the ready to build project to Belectric as it had recently established Big60Million, a Community Benefit Energy Company that provided opportunities for the 60 Million residents of the UK to invest in new solar farms. The investment opportunity was initially open to local residents and subsequently widened to a national audience, enabling a total of Β£6m to be raised to part fund the construction of the solar farm via a solar bond portfolio.

Luminous incorporated various ecological enhancements in the design to encourage wildlife to coexist with the solar farm and also help it integrate into the local landscape. Apple trees were planted along the eastern boundary to match the adjacent land uses to the north and provide visual screening from the nearby laneway. The apple blossoms are pollinated by bees in hives that have been installed on the solar farmby local beekeepers, with the bees also assisting in pollination of local agricultural crops such as oilseed rape.

The solar arrays are set back from a pond on the land to protect great crested newts found in an ecological survey, and the pond itself was also restored to create a more attractive environment for the newts. Bird nest and bat roost boxes were installed on the solar arrays and in trees surrounding the site. Local school children were invited to decorate these boxes to promote interest in the scheme. Wood removed during habitat management or other work operations has been kept in piles and placed along the edge of hedgerows to provide valuable invertebrate habitat and shelter for other species including small mammals.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm demonstrates how with careful consideration and community liaison solar farms can be successfully assimilated into a local landscape and provide meaningful benefits for both the local population and environment.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm is a 9.2MWp solar farm in Kent that was developed by Luminous Energy and constructed in 2015 by Belectric Solar Ltd. Luminous agreed to sell the ready to build project to Belectric as it had recently established Big60Million, a Community Benefit Energy Company that provided opportunities for the 60 Million residents of the UK to invest in new solar farms. The investment opportunity was initially open to local residents and subsequently widened to a national audience, enabling a total of Β£6m to be raised to part fund the construction of the solar farm via a solar bond portfolio.

Luminous incorporated various ecological enhancements in the design to encourage wildlife to coexist with the solar farm and also help it integrate into the local landscape. Apple trees were planted along the eastern boundary to match the adjacent land uses to the north and provide visual screening from the nearby laneway. The apple blossoms are pollinated by bees in hives that have been installed on the solar farmby local beekeepers, with the bees also assisting in pollination of local agricultural crops such as oilseed rape.

The solar arrays are set back from a pond on the land to protect great crested newts found in an ecological survey, and the pond itself was also restored to create a more attractive environment for the newts. Bird nest and bat roost boxes were installed on the solar arrays and in trees surrounding the site. Local school children were invited to decorate these boxes to promote interest in the scheme. Wood removed during habitat management or other work operations has been kept in piles and placed along the edge of hedgerows to provide valuable invertebrate habitat and shelter for other species including small mammals.

Paddock Wood Solar Farm demonstrates how with careful consideration and community liaison solar farms can be successfully assimilated into a local landscape and provide meaningful benefits for both the local population and environment.