- Size:21 MW across 38 acres
- Location:North Somerset, United Kingdom
- Energisation:October 2022
- Client:Kent County Council (owner) and LASER (asset manager)
- Design engineering and project optimisation to achieve maximum output.
- Preconstruction surveys, design, planning, cabling, ICP works.
- Full-wrap engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) delivery to a tight timescale.
- Continued operations & maintenance of the project ensuring maximum availability and highest operational performance.
- 39,000 bifacial solar panels
- 78 inverters
- 3 transformers
Bowerhouse II Solar Farm is a 21MW project built across 38 hectares of land in North Somerset and with 39,000 bifacial solar modules installed.
When fully operational, the solar farm is expected to reduce 4,663 tonnes of carbon a year.
The site is in flood zone 3, an area highly susceptible to river and tidal flooding. We had to create a detailed drainage strategy, including locating rines around the site to ensure the safety of our on-site team and surrounding residents and businesses.
The site consists of 11 fields. Our in-house design team had to draw on their knowledge and expertise to optimise the site layout and ensure the solar production potential of all panels installed are maximised.
Ethical Power developed the site, gaining all necessary legal agreements, grid offers and planning consents in place. Kent County Council then acquired the project, with Ethical Power retained to build the site and provide ongoing operations & maintenance services.
Biodiversity enhancements on this project included:
- Planting of close to a hundred native trees to help local wildlife.
- Planting of 2km of native hedgerows, linking up the site and creating corridors for wildlife to safely migrate through.
- Conserving & enhancing all hedgerows and mature trees already on site.
- Planting a wildflower meadow mix to improve site drainage and provide food for pollinators such as native bees.
This new solar farm will reduce our carbon footprint by 30% and make significant savings on our electricity costs for years to come.Susan CareyKent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment
This new solar farm will reduce our carbon footprint by 30% and make significant savings on our electricity costs for years to come.Susan Carey – 1Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment