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Swaffham solar farm lights up its work

Mark Prichard the Project Manager Lightsource Renewable Energy at the solar farm near Swaffham. ANL-140407-144709009

Mark Prichard the Project Manager Lightsource Renewable Energy at the solar farm near Swaffham. ANL-140407-144709009

Visitors were able to learn more about solar energy when they visited a farm near Swaffham on Friday taking part in Solar Independence Day.

The date, July 4, was chosen by the Solar Trade Association to coincide with American Independence Day to show that increased independence is one of the main benefits of solar energy.

Mark Prichard, project manager for Lightsource Renewable Energy, which owns the 65-acre Burntstalks Farm, said several local residents had attended.

“People were keen to find out more about solar energy and learn about how we tend the farm. We were able to explain how we consider biodiversity. For example, at the moment many of the fields are full of poppies and other wildflowers.

“We have also got swales installed, which are like ditches, to slow the water flow, prevent flooding and create moist areas of ground forming a habitat for different plants and wildlife.”

Burntstalks Solar Farm has 47,040 photovoltaic panels which is only about 30 per cent of the rented area being used, leaving attractive options for land diversification. The solar farm generates enough green electricity to power more than 3,800 UK households.

 

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