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Frequently Asked Questions

We have derived a selection of the most frequently asked questions to help you gather a deeper understanding of what's involved in the development of a renewable energy project.

Solar energy

Firstly, there’s the solar panels themselves. These are attached to metal frames fixed directly into the ground – we don’t use concrete for this, making everything more sustainable and easier for us to leave without a trace when we our lease is up. Panels are installed with a minimum 4m gap between rows, allowing enough space for vehicles to pass and livestock to graze. We’d also install a number of electrical devices, such as inverters and transformers – and even a private substation if needed.

Security and safety are also very important, so a 2m fence will be installed around the perimeter – deer fences are great for this as they allow smaller animals to come and go, and blend in with the countryside around them.

The electricity is fed straight into your local power grid, but in extremely rural areas with smaller populations, there may not be sufficient demand on the network to make it possible to install a Solar Farm on your land.

Not really. Much less than regular glass actually – and that’s one of the reasons they’re so efficient. A special coating maximises the amount of light that passes through, so hardly any energy is lost through reflective glare.

The panels themselves are silent – producing no noise or vibrations. The inverters make a little noise – but you can only hear it within a few feet.

Very little actually. We’ll keep everything running smoothly with regular check-ups and any required maintenance – and cover all the costs.

We employ a specialist team of land managers to take care of any land where Solar Farms are installed. These experts might plant hedges, trees and meadows – avoiding pesticides where possible.

No. We don’t displace any rainwater so our solar arrays will not affect the natural runoff.

We can’t make solar panels without using energy, but they more than offset themselves within a year through the sustainable energy they create.

Solar panels are made almost entirely of plastic, aluminium, glass, silica, steel and copper, which can all be recyclable.

Our solar farms are screened from view as best we can, so neighbours usually won’t see them and property prices should be unaffected.

Depending on planning and the grid connection offer, this can range from 18 months to 24 months. Surprisingly, construction can be as little as 12 weeks.

Yes, absolutely. We are more than happy to collaborate with neighbours. Subject to viability.

Wind energy

A wind turbine uses the power of the wind to turn its blades – and transforms this kinetic energy into electrical energy by using a generator.

Wind turbines stand at about up to 200m tall, with 3 blades measuring 83m in length.

Wind turbine towers are made from steel and concrete. The blades are made from fibreglass, reinforced polyester or wood-epoxy.

It really depends on the size and location, but we would hope to build an 18-100MW wind farm in between 24 and 36 months this includes pre-scoping, planning and construction.

The blades are large but the footprint of a wind turbine takes up very little space – less than 1% of the land area – this means the land can still be used for farming and tourism.

A wind turbine can produce electricity for 25-30 years.

The blades usually turn at around 12 revolutions per minute – but this can change depending on the wind speed.

Depending on planning and the grid connection offer, this can range from 36 months to 72 months.

Yes, absolutely. We are more than happy to collaborate with neighbours. Subject to viability.

Battery storage

Storing the energy produced from wind or solar means the power can be used when it is needed most – supplying green energy around the clock, even during the night and when the wind isn’t blowing.

Yes. There are strict procedures and regulations in place, during their installation and entire lifetime, to ensure maximum safety at all times.

Battery energy storage is the use of batteries to store electricity generated by renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, for use at a later time.

Battery energy storage works by charging the batteries when renewable energy generation is high and then discharging the stored energy when demand is high or renewable generation is low.

The benefits of battery energy storage include improved grid stability and reliability, increased use of renewable energy, and reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

Battery storage systems can last for up to 20 years, depending on the type of battery used and how well it is maintained.

The most common types of batteries used in energy storage are lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.

The cost of a battery energy storage system can vary depending on the size and type of system, but can range from a few thousand pounds to several hundred thousand pounds.

Battery energy storage allows for the efficient use of renewable energy by storing excess energy generated during peak production times for use during periods of low production or high demand. This can help to smooth out fluctuations in the grid and increase the overall penetration of renewable energy.