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Quiz energy experts at Dunsfold Park solar farm

Solar farm at Dunsfold Park - picture by Huw Evans for Lightsource

Solar farm at Dunsfold Park - picture by Huw Evans for Lightsource

Dunsfold Park Solar Farm will open to visitors tomorrow (July 4) as part of the nationwide Solar Independence Day.

The event will be held from 10am until 4pm, at the solar farm near Cranleigh.

The aim of the event is to give visitors the opportunity to ask any questions they have about solar energy to the people building the projects.

It also seeks to demonstrate how responsibly developed solar farms are improving the local environment and how solar energy is making the UK less reliant on imported fossil fuels.

Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited installed 8,500 ground level solar panels at Dunsfold aerodrome.

During working hours it powers businesses at Dunsfold Park and, at other times the excess energy is fed back into the National Grid. It has the capacity to power around 670 households.

Lightsource CEO Nick Boyle said: “Our solar scheme at Dunsfold Park is a prime example of how ‘home-grown’ renewable energy can be put to good commercial use for the benefit of the local community. There remains huge opportunity in the UK for solar energy and examples of successful schemes like Dunsfold Park showcase this fact perfectly.”

Juliet Davenport, CEO and founder of Good Energy, added: “This open day is a great opportunity for local people to come and find out first-hand what a solar park is really like, and separate some of the myths from the realities.”

“The site is a perfect example of how a large-scale solar developments can integrate with its local community and shows how renewable electricity really is both an economically and environmentally sound energy solution. Electricity produced here powers the whole business park, and we’d encourage as many people as possible to come and see it for themselves.”

 

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