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Paddock Wood Solar Farm

Paddock Wood Solar Farm was given approval by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on December 19th 2014 and construction began in the new year. The solar farm was co-developed with Big60Million and was built and will be maintained by BELECTRIC UK.

Now fully operational, Paddock Wood Solar Farm produces enough energy to power over 2,800 houses and In doing so will displace 4 million kilograms of carbon emissions per year.

Status: Operational

Development Partners: BELECTRIC UK / Big60Million

Plant rating: 9.234 MWp-DC

Annual electricity generation: 9,120 MWh of electricity per annum – enough renewable electricity to meet the needs of approximately 2,760 homes each year.

Carbon dioxide abatement: The solar farm will take around 10 months to ‘pay back’ the energy associated with the manufacturing, transport and construction of its various components. For the remaining 24 years and 2 months it will avoid approximately 3,920 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being emitted per annum.

Area of perimeter fencing: 23.8 hectares

Solar panels: First Solar FS Series 3 Black PV Module (Nominal Power +/-5% = 100W)

Inverters: SMA

Local Planning Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council