VERWOOD SOLAR FARM

20 MW Capacity

5,676* Homes Powered Annually

c.9,058* TONNES OF CO2 SAVED ANNUALLY

LOCATION

The site is located 3km from Verwood Town in Dorset.

KEY DATES

Construction began in September 2104 and the site was fully commissioned by February 2015.

COMMUNITY

The solar farm awards community benefit grants each year to local communities. Funding has helped towards various causes including playground equipment for the local school and solar panels on the roof of the village hall.

EDUCATION

Verwood is part of The Belltown Education Programme which provides an annual visit and renewables workshop for the children from five local schools: Emmanuel CE VA Middle School, Verwood C of E First School, Hillside Community First School, Trinity C of E First School and Wimborne St. Giles School. The sessions are designed to help children familiarise themselves with the technology and understand the impacts of climate change. Through this programme we aim to inspire a future generation of children who are passionate about renewables and careers in engineering.

ENVIRONMENT

An environmental management scheme has been implemented to help enhance the habitat for many species of birds and reptiles, aiming to result in a net positive impact on local biodiversity. Each year surveys of the site’s birds, invertebrates and native plants are undertaken; these records are subsequently used to review and optimise the habitat management plan for future years. Lowland meadows are a rare and valuable habitat. Over 70 common meadow plants can now be found at Verwood, including red and white clover, common fleabane, cat’s-ear and common knapweed. These are valuable forage plants for bumblebees and butterflies. We are also in the process of installing bug hotels to attract additional invertebrates to the site.

Title Address Description
Verwood Solar Farm
Manor Rd, Verwood BH31 6DZ, UK

Installed Capacity MWac 20
Homes Powered Annually 5,676
Technology Description Solar