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About the Solar Farm | West Solent Solar

About the Solar Farm

The solar farm is installed on a 12.65 acre (5.1 hectare) field near Lymington in Hampshire. Total installed capacity is 2.4MWp – but the maximum we can export to the Grid is 2.0 MW – limited by local Grid capacity. This is enough to supply about 650 local homes (or about 700 kettles or 2 million mobile phone chargers!).

There are 9372 solar panels with a capacity of 255Wp each. The output from the panels is processed by 64 inverters and enters the grid at 11kV.

Find out more about the equipment installed on site: Solar Farm Diagram

Diagram of West Solent Solar Coop farm

New! View Solar Farm output live online

Output performance figures for the farm can now be viewed live online in our PVsense interface. Click on the graph below to view performance over different time periods.

View live performance figures.

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The field was previously a gravel pit which was then used for landfill. Only 28% of the area of the field is covered by solar equipment, and only 3% of the field surface is no longer soil. The rest of the field between the solar panels is planted with a mix of wildflowers and grass. The ecology of the site has been surveyed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife trust and is carefully monitored to ensure maximum benefit for wildlife.

The Principal Contractor for the installation was Solarcentury who undertook the design work and project management. The Main Contractor for all construction work on site was Arun Construction. The initial Operations and Maintenance Contract was awarded to Solarcentury. A new 5 year contract has just been awarded to local supplier Empower Energy who are based in Verwood.