5MW #solar farm gets off the ground

PV installers JPCS has begun work on a 5MW ground-mounted solar farm near Southampton in partnership with Anesco.

Covering 30 acres of farmland, the array at the Cadland Estate will see the installation of 18,000 panels, nine miles of framework and 5,000 Groundscrew foundations.

Steve Helliwell, director at JPCS said: “We are excited to be the chosen installation partner for a project of this scale. With the recent changes to Feed-in-Tariffs, we believe the biggest opportunity in the green sector at the moment is ROC funded energy plants.

“ROCs produce their best savings on major energy plants producing 5MWp or more. As the cost of producing solar power has reduced significantly over the past few years, suppliers are no longer just looking at solar plants of just 10 acres – they are looking at anything up to 300 acres.”

Adrian Pike, ceo of Anesco, added: “This is a landmark project for Anesco and we continue to lead the way when it comes to energy efficiency solutions for industry, manufacturing, local authorities and homeowners.

“This project is not only helping to reduce emissions but is generating green energy for the local area as well as creating jobs and long term revenue streams.”