Sustainable Charlbury

Visual Impact and Planning

Sanfoin in solar parkWe are fortunate to live in a truly beautiful area of countryside and at the heart of the Southill Solar plans will be the creation of an attractive site that does not detract from its surroundings

With this in mind Sustainable Charlbury met planners from West Oxfordshire District Council on 29th May 2013. Obviously the most important issue to address will be the visual impact of the solar park on the surrounding area. We are already working with landscape architects and ecologist to develop plans which will not only preserve but actually improve the biodiversity of the site and mitigate any negative visual impact

Solar Parks present the opportunity for creating a superb habitat for a range of wildlife, including rare plants, insects, mammals and birds. A well managed site can effectively act as a nature reserve – as is well demonstrated by the these pictures taken earlier this week at Westmill, an established solar park in Watchfield

More about Solar Parks and wildlife management here, a short presentation by Guy Parker

Wild flowers in solar park

The Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has a policy which is consistent with the Southill Solar proposals

Southill Site Aerial Photograph

The proposed Southill Solar site; 40 acres of fields and proposed woodlands

“Community Ownership”, what’s all that about then, and how do we benefit…?


  1. Please would you tell me how many megawatts the plant would produce at mid-day
    on a cloudless day in midsummer and on a cloudy day in mid-winter?

    How many megawatt-hours do you hope to produce during an average year?


  2. Hello David, thank you for your patience while waiting for us both to publish and respond to your post – there is an awful lot of activity going on behind the scenes! In response to your question I hope the following helps:

    There are several ways of calculating output, the two shown below demonstrate that they all arrive at a similar figure:

    1) 5 MW x 8,760 (hours in a year) x 10% (conservative solar capacity figure) = 4,380 MWh per year.

    2) using the sun hours from PVGIS which is 856 and multiply this by 5 MW = 4,280 MWh per year

    Have you seen our newly posted FAQs? Please come along to the public meeting tomorrow evening and take the opportunity to find out more!

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  4. Well done. Hope all goes well. Alan. Suswantage.

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