Rook Wood Solar Power Project -- near Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, UK
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N 51° 33.109 W 001° 52.234
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Quick Description: The large Rook Wood Solar Power Project near Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, UK, is easily seen from the M4, mile marker 134.5
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/23/2016 4:04:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMTAJN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
The Rook Wood Solar Project Royal Wootton Bassett in rural Wiltshire is a 5MW solar farm operated by Good Energy.

From the Good Energy website: (visit link)

"Good Energy’s third operational solar farm, located near Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, started generating electricity in February 2015.

This 5MW solar farm at Rook Wood is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to power around 1,200 average homes.

The 25-acre site is made up of three fields set back from the Marlborough Road. The surrounding hedgerows that currently help conceal the site from view will be maintained and grown up to approximately three metres in height to provide further screening.

The design of the solar farm will allow the landowner to graze his existing flock of sheep around the solar panels.

A number of measures have been implemented across the site to enhance habitats for local wildlife, including the planting of a wildflower meadow and installation of bird and bat boxes on existing mature trees.

For the lifetime of the solar farm Good Energy will contribute at least £5,000 per year (rising with inflation). This fund is controlled by the local parish council and will be used to support community initiatives in the parish of Broad Town.

During the 2015 Paris climate change talks, Rook Wood Solar Farm featured in a BBC TV news story with economics editor Kamal Ahmed interviewing Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport on government renewables policy.

Project key facts

Installed capacity: 5MW

Annual renewable electricity output: 4,800MWh*

Homes powered: 1,200**

Status: Operational"
Type of system: Photovoltaic (electrical)

Related webpage: [Web Link]

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