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New Forest solar farm takes shape

A solar farm, said to be one of the UK’s largest, is being assembled shape behind the hedge rows of a New Forest estate.

Nearly 19,000 solar panels are will be installed on 30-acres of land on the Cadland Estate at Fawley over the next month.

The five megawatt solar panel farm, the size of 18 football pitches, will harness the sun’s rays to generate enough electricity to power 1,000 homes.

Energy firm Anesco has struck a deal with the estate to rent land from the Cadland estate to build and operate the solar farm over the next 25 years.

Anesco has started erecting nine kilometres of frames to support the grid of solar panels. The construction project has created around local 30 jobs.

Energy generated by the solar panels will be fed back into the national grid under the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme, which makes payments for energy produced through renewable sources.