Solar Farm on Romney Marsh

Aerial view of solar farm at New Romney

Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

Solar farms, or solar parks, are the large-scale application of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations used to generate electricity. They often cover large areas of land (between 1 and 100 acres) and therefore they are usually developed in rural locations.

One such solar farm has been built in Old Romney, to the south of the A259. It covers an area of approximately 114 acres of land at Sycamore Farm and is equipped with around 73,000 solar panels, which each have a capacity of 245 watts. This clean energy facility provides the national grid with 19MWp of power, enough to account for over six thousand households.

Although the site will produce clean energy the solar farm has angered countryside campaigners because it has been built on prime farmland and because of the environmental impact it is having.
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Solar farm at New Romney
Part of the Solar Farm at New Romney

The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has said it would damage the countryside, take up valuable growing-land and put wildlife at risk.

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The intricate and rocket-like design of the solar farm can be seen from the aerial photo below but, from the ground, passers by would barely know it was there thanks to the strategic placement of new hedgerow and trees. It is said the solar farm cannot be seen or heard from the nearby A259, shown in the above photo on the right.

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