Yealm Community Energy has run a number of community engagement events in connection with the two solar farms. We have helped with public open days for both sites and have run a stall at Yealmpton Show every year. See us there 25 July 2018 to get an update. We look forward to meeting members and supporters.
We plan to organize guided visits to the solar farm for members, when you can learn about the technology, the variety of wildlife and environmental protection measures at the site.
We are also working with an innovative local company to measure and display online information on the electricity flows from the solar farm to the grid and to local consumers, so you can see where the electricity is going:
OpenLV is a ground-breaking project that’s making local electricity data openly available for the
first time ever, to benefit local communities and the wider energy industry. OpenLV is led by
project partners Western Power Distribution and EA Technology. It is funded by Ofgem’s Network
The aim is to help the design of the future Smart Grid, to optimise electricity use.
The site was constructed in December 2017 by Good Energy with Solar Century as main contractor. See how the panels were installed on piles that can be removed at the end of the life of the project.
About Solar energy
In an average year, incident solar energy in South Devon is the highest in the UK. Solar farms that are hidden from public view, are located on land of lower agricultural value can still be used to graze sheep and to encourage wildlife and wild flowers. They are actually better for biodiversity than normal mono-cropping farming. The total area of land in the UK under solar farms is less than 0.1% of agricultural land.
See how much contribution renewable energy is making to the UK electricity supply in real time. click here