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On Earth Day 2015 (22nd April) a three acre Solar Farm was opened at Ransom Wood – making Ransom Wood, what is thought to be, the UK’s only self-sustaining business park when it comes to providing its own green power supply.
The Solar Farm has over 2,000 photo voltaic panels that can provide up to 540 Kilo Watts (KW) of power. Ransom Wood Business Park spans some 110,000 square feet of which over 75,000 square feet is occupied office space, a restaurant and a nursery; all of which are powered by the solar farm. The offices, restaurant and nursery require an average of 200 – 400 KW when fully functioning; which means that the solar farm can produce enough electricity to power all the businesses on the park – something that is thought to be unique in the UK.
The solar farm has multiple benefits for tenants and the wider community surrounding Ransom Wood who are able to power their businesses in the knowledge that no fossil fuels are being used to keep them running. With the solar farm on-line, we are able to run the business park in a self-sustaining way when it comes to energy use, reducing carbon emissions by thousands of tonnes each year,
Ransom Wood can now host solar powered conferences, events and even weddings while at the same time not damaging the environment.
In time the plan is to involve rare-breed sheep grazing the meadows below the panels and the development of new flora and orchards to attract more wildlife to the site. In time the farm will be made open to school visits to educate children about the environment and sustainable power sources.
Published: 23rd April 2015
Dr. Patrick Candler, CEO of Sherwood Forest Trust today pressed the virtual button to officially open a brand new three acre Solar Panel Farm at Ransom Wood Business Park.