ADAS, the environmental consultancy, has teamed up with international solar photovoltaic (PV) experts Enfinity to begin installing what will be the UK's biggest solar energy parks. These installations will provide a real opportunity for farmers and land owners to secure a 25 year revenue stream.
ADAS' role is to indentify suitable sites for solar power to be installed. They will be focussing initially in Southern England and South Wales and suitable sites need to be flat, have good electricity connectivity and minimal visual impact. Over the last six months the project has identified 12 potential sites in these regions which they consider would be suitable for solar park development. Landowners will be offered a 25 year land lease agreement which will provide them with a long term revenue stream.
The planning permission process has already started on four of the sites and ADAS hope to develop a further 50MW of solar parks next year. A recent survey reported that 80% of farmers want PV on their roofs in the next three years.