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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.
Love this place
We rent an office here and it’s just such a lovely place to drive into everyday
Still love to walk around. I used to live in the big house at the top of the drive, it was Oak House then and I nursed at Ransom Hospital , Byron Ward which was on the left side of Ransom Hall car park. Oak House used to be Sisters accommodation. I think the main chef lived upstairs when I lived there and just me downstairs mostly. I loved it but had to keep my kitchen door closed because of the squirrels. Loved looking down the drive out of my bedroom and lounge windows, beautiful in Autumn and when it snowed, I worked at Ransom Hospital until it closed in 1987. Wonder why Oak House was later named Ash House? Lovely dining at Forever Green in the grounds whilst I reminisce.
Absolutely spot on as regards setting up a virtual office. Really friendly and helpful reception staff, with onsite meeting rooms available if needed. Very pleased.
Great place for taking pets a walk, lovely cafe with meeting rooms.
A great place
Brilliant place, they have all sorts of businesses there. A cafe, hypnotherapy, hypnopuncture as well many others. Worth a drive up just to see what's there. Furthermore, it's in lovely surroundings.
Just go there and walk for miles! Beautiful views from strawberry hill too.
Great place,hidden away
Set in beautiful woodland.. a very relaxing place to work.
Very tranquil here, feel at real ease could get lost in my own thoughts
Lots of meeting rooms. Follow signes not sat nav to find entrence as its moved. Plenty of parking.
Nice business offices and restaurant
Love it. Great setting, and reasonable rents.