Chelson Meadow Community Solar
We are working with Plymouth City Council to develop a community-owned solar farm on the old landfill site at Chelson Meadow! We want you to help us make this vision come true.
This project will bring the old landfill site at Chelson Meadow, the size of 24 football pitches, into action as a major part of the City's response to the Climate Emergency. It will:
- Make a substantial contribution to Plymouth's ambition to get to net zero emissions.
- Put any surplus funds generated towards other local community projects that are responding to climate change and tackling fuel poverty.
- Provide a massive educational opportunity for visitors.
- Put local people in control over a key part of the City's transition to net zero emissions.
Our feasibility studies show that this community solar farm could generate the following local benefits:
Where is Chelson Meadow?
Chelson Meadow is an old landfill site located to the east of Plymouth, on land adjacent to the River Plym. The interactive map below shows the precise location.
How big is the solar farm going to be?
The proposal is for a 13.2 megawatt solar farm (33,000 panels) covering approximately 15 hectares, or 24 football pitches. This will produce 14,284 MWh of renewable energy each year, which would power around 3,860 homes.
Where will the solar farm be visible from?
We have already completed a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. As the solar farm has been designed to only occupy the low lying northern sector of Chelson Meadow, it will only be visible from a few restricted locations. Planting vegetation in the area will also help to screen it.
For these viewpoints, photomontages have been created, with the proposed development superimposed onto the existing photographic view. The interactive map below shows these. Click on the camera icon to view the photographs and then click on the image to enlarge.
Let us know what you think!
We have put together a short survey to gather the community's thoughts about this solar farm. You can fill it in by clicking this link.
In the upcoming months we are going to hold online and in-person events to allow you to meet our team, find out more and ask any questions.
We would love you to help make our vision come true and support our project, so please fill in the survey or contact us directly to be added to a mailing list to receive all the latest information.