Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy’s Bradydon Manor Solar Farm was last night named the South West’s best renewable energy scheme. The award was announced at the prestigious Renewable Futures and Green Energy Awards, which took place in Bath’s famous Assembly Rooms.
Braydon Manor Solar Farm is located 15km to the north west of Swindon and is a community led project with a projected annual output of just under 5 MW. It provides clean energy for approximately 1,400 homes, saving 2,500 tonnes of carbon per year. The site is grade four grassland and, over the 25 years of the project, will convert to become a wildflower meadow. This will create a biodiversity bank within the designated Braydon Forest Project.
Lesley Bennett, Chair of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust collected the award. She said: “This is a fantastic recognition of the importance that community energy schemes now represent in terms of bringing more people into renewables and doing it in a sustainable way with profits being kept in the community. We’d like to thank our partners, Mongoose Energy, for their support in both securing investment and their help to get the project running effectively and profitably.”
The annual awards have been created to celebrate the advances being made by the clean-energy sector from within the South West. The awards are sponsored by The Crown Estate, British Solar Renewables, Ashfords, Naturesave Insurance and Scottish and Southern Energy.
Image caption: Lesley Bennett (left) and Emma Chapman and collect the Best Renewable Energy Scheme Award for the Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy at last night’s Renewable Futures and Green Energy Awards. Click image to download high-res version.
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