Northamptonshire Solar Farms

Northamptonshire has many solar panel farms, contributing a large amount of green energy to the grid. 

First off, an introduction to what solar farms actually are. In short, a solar farm is functionally no different from the same solar panels you’ll find on rooftops around the world, only at a much greater scale.

When you collect large amounts of solar panels and place them in optimal locations, the potential for generating electricity increases immensely. This can then be used to power villages and towns, all the way up to entire cities depending on the scale of the solar farm.

Planning to build a massive solar panel farm The solar farm have been submitted, between Greatworth, Halse and Farthinghoe. If planning consent is approved it would operate for at least 40 years. West Northamptonshire (WNC) Council will consider Copse Lane Solar Farm on September 12. Developers JBM Solar Projects 20 Ltd put in an application for a 420 acre site in 2019, reducing the scheme to 203 acres last year but withdrew it just before decision making after receiving feedback. The company has reapplied this year for a 195 acre site, which they say would produce nearly 50MW (Megawatts) of electricity. The site would have battery storage for a similar amount and there would be a new substation near Halse

On a larger scale, India’s Bhadla Solar Park is the single largest solar farm in the world, capable of producing 2,245 MW (megawatts) or 2.245 GW (gigawatts) of electricity. To put that into perspective, a single gigawatt has the potential to power anywhere between 200,000 to 1,000,000 homes, depending of course on how much energy each home uses. The fact that we’ve figured out how to generate all this power just from the sun is an extraordinary feat of human ingenuity!