2MWp project completed in Somerset, UK under ROC 1.2 Scheme
This spring a 2MWp solar farm was constructed at Manor farm near Castle Cary in Somerset. It is owned and operated by Sun Investment Group (SIG) together with the UK’s family office Eden Sustainable.
The operation was finished several weeks ahead of schedule ensuring that project falls within goverment’s renewable obligation certificate (ROC) final deadline, 31st of March.
Being relatively small, compared with the UK’s utility solar scale, the Manor Farm Site, also known as Brilliant Harvest 001, is an excellent specimen.
Although complex and challenging to pull together, installing utility scale solar energy on a farm is something of a no-brainer. The right site can provide excellent benefits for the landowner and generate a sustainable high yield gain for the investor. Government scheme backing means that projects are bankable and attractive in the long run.
Manor Solar Farm field, which is the size of 6 acres, is able to house 7100 solar panels that generate enough electricity to power around 700 average homes per year. This is approximately 650 tons of CO2 per year or 17000 tons over its lifetime.
The generated electricity goes directly to the grid, securing the farm a guaranteed rental income for at least the next 20 years, calculated as a percentage of the revenue.
The solar array is set amongst the farm’s pastoral land on an exposed plateau offering a perfect location. It is almost unseen by other land users.
The key players of the project also include utility company Engie, respected and bankable international EPC contractor Grupotec, and finally, Green Cat Renewable, who help with the project management and provide technical advice.