Farming 2.0. A Step Closer To a Self Sustaining UK
Solar Farms may be the solution to reducing the UK’s reliance on overseas fossil fuel imports. As part of the EU’s renewable energy initiative, the UK relies on solar power to meet its set 15% renewable energy target by 2020.
Solar farms can cover anything between 1 acre and 100 acres, and are usually developed in rural areas. In the first quarter of 2015, it has been reported that a total of 350 solar farms are currently generating power in UK. A total of 100 solar farm projects have been approved and are under construction. More so, 120 solar farm projects are in the planning phase for the future. The total capacity of these nearly 600 solar farms is estimated to be around 4,500MW.
The biggest solar farm in the UK is capable of powering 14,000 homes! It is located in Oxfordshire and has been connected to the national grid. The farm can produce a total of 46 MW of power.
Solar farms are eligible for financial incentives under the Feed-in Tariff (FiTs) scheme, the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme (both below 5MW) and the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) for solar farms above 5MW.
Based on the average annual consumption of a household, for every 5MW installed, a solar farm will power approximately 1,500 homes for a year. Approximately 25 acres of land is required for every 5 megawatts (MW) of installation.
Though land occupation sounds like a con more than a pro, the installation of a 10,000MW solar farm, for example, would only use 0.1% of UK’s agricultural land area, whilst being able to generate enough electricity for over 3 million homes.
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Solar Farms in the UK have become a popular concept as a result of the increase in reliance on green energy. Reliance on such farms can be beneficial for the UK on a long term basis. Producing its own energy allows for self sustainability in the region, cutting back on imports of fossil fuels from other countries.