Work starts on West Sussex solar farm

Work has now commenced on a new local authority-backed 4.85MWp Solar Farm in West Sussex.  

Occupying 25 acres of council-owned land at Tangmere Airfield, it is expected to be fully operational by October, providing enough clean energy to power more than 1,500 local homes.

 The solar farm is being delivered by Your Energy Sussex and Carillion, and marks the start of a large-scale programme that will include further solar farm developments and solar installations.

“This is an exciting time for our partnership with Your Energy Sussex,” said Project Director at Carillion, Stephen Hodgson. 

“We have spent the last few months ensuring the ground is clear of unexploded ordnance as this site was previously an active wartime airfield. 

“We are now working closely with our partner Solarcentury who are leading on the construction of the project and have extensive experience delivering solar projects for councils, community energy groups and private businesses.”

The electricity generated will be sold to the National Grid, earning more than £13 million through feed-in tariffs over 20 years. 

The project will cost £5.2 million to build and pay for itself in less than 10 years. 

“The new solar farm will reduce our carbon footprint and benefit the local community because the income generated will be used to fund energy efficiency schemes in the local community,” said West Sussex County Council leader, Cllr Louise Goldsmith.

“This is especially helpful to the low income and vulnerable residents that may be at risk of fuel poverty.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues