Winner of the 2014 Solar Power Portal Award for best utility scale solar farm. Built over 96 acres of well-screened, flat, grade 4 agricultural land, Lackford solar farm, connected in March 2014, was commended on its near perfect location. The site neighbours an area of hugely important ecological value as being one of only two locations in the UK where stone curlews are known to nest. This site was designed to not only accommodate but to enhance the habitat of the stone curlews, a point that contributed to the judge’s decision.
Landowner Robert Gough said: “Like many landowners, I was new to solar and a little unsure of what to expect from the development experience. Inazin have kept me well informed throughout the process and have had to deal with a number of challenges, including the protection of habitat for stone curlews. All of these matters were dealt with proficiently and I am now delighted to have an operational solar park that will make a significant contribution to the generation of clean energy for many years to come."
Agent for the landowner, Ed Blundy of Brown & Co. said: “The funding for the construction of this site covering some 90 acres was in place immediately after the project cleared the planning process in late December 2013. The speed, efficiency and professionalism shown by completing such a large, high quality project in such a short space of time, under such difficult weather conditions was highly impressive. I look forward to working with Inazin on future projects.”
- Park size: 96 acres
- Capacity: 20.9MW
- Homes powered: 6112