Great Glemham Solar Park

19.5 MWp, more than 80,000 multicrystalline solar modules and 14 inverter and transformer stations

Details of development

Following planning consent the construction of the 19.5 MWp solar park located near Great Glemham in Suffolk commenced in April 2013. During construction more than 80,000 multicrystalline solar modules were installed on site together with 14 inverter and transformer stations.

A 2,700 m cable route links the substation to the point of connection with the electricity network. The development is secured via a low profile metal fence which was complemented by a linear hedge planting. The hedge ensured that the development, which is situated on the disused Parham Airfield, blends well into the character of the surrounding landscape. A key component of the parks landscape management is utilising a flock of sheep as a sustainable way of maintaining the interior landscape, while continuing the use of the site for agricultural production.

The development and construction of the project was undertaken in close collaboration with a UK based developer and several local contractors. Following commissioning BayWa r.e. is going to perform as Operations and Maintenance Service provider again partnering with a number of local contractors.