UK’s second unsubsidised solar farm

West Sussex County Council has powered up Westhampnett solar farm near Chichester. Built on a closed landfill next to the A27, Westhampnett forms part of the county council’s long-term energy strategy to increase the amount of renewable energy generated and consumed in the county along with the Tangmere solar farm, the first site completed by the county council in 2015.

All the county council’s renewable energy projects are designed to pay back the full cost of installation over time and deliver an income without subsidy.

Louise Goldsmith, county council Leader, said: “As one of the first solar farms to be built with battery storage and free from government subsidy, we are blazing a trail among local authorities and demonstrating that councils have a role to play as local leaders on energy.”

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