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Cowdown solar farm; record fast install

The starting point

AGR are developers of energy projects. They partnered with Ingenious as the investors and Solarcentury as the EPC to complete a solar farm in Hampshire in record time, in order to qualify for ROCs.

The solution

The space available was 155 acres in Andover, Hampshire, allowing for a 40MWp solar farm.

Solarcentury was responsible for delivering the project, and worked on the design, procurement and construction of all the components, from access tracks to substation bases.

Over 155,000 solar panels were installed in just 9 weeks despite a barrage of challenges; the team had to mitigate the failure of the transformer supplier in financial trouble, unforeseen environmental constraints involving extensive badger sets, access into the site directly off a major A road meant keeping the highway clear.

To support the build, three compound areas were required across the site to host offices, canteens, drying rooms, toilets and stores. Previously, diesel generators had provided power for these but Solarcentury switched it for biodiesel, a cleaner energy source.

And the site needed to be re-graded and landscaped to comply with planning requirements.

A good job Solarentury are not phased by a complex project!

Power and payback

System size: 40 MWp

Annual generation: 40452 MWh

CO2 savings per annum: 17,694 tonnes

Photo: www.dominic-james.com

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