The Solar Park

Westmill Solar Park is located near to Watchfield, on the Wiltshire/Oxfordshire border, just off the A420. The site consists of 30 acres of over 20,000 polycrystalline PV panels generating 4.8GWhr/year – this is approximately equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 1,400 homes and to prevent 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. It is, we believe, the UK's first and world's largest cooperatively run, community-owned solar farm. Below you can see:

Realtime Solar Production

Below you can see realtime solar generation data for the last 30 days.  If you can't see it after installing Microsoft Silverlight then try using a different browser.  For example, Windows Explorer might work better than Chrome.  

Historical Generation

Quarterly and annual generation graphs show how generation varies against expected yield.

So that you can see the seasonal variation in power generation, the graph below shows the annual generation figures for a whole year. 

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The Technology

Solar power is one of the most well-established and reliable renewable energy technologies.

Solar power is in operation across the world and installed solar capacity is now above 32 GW globally. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels have no moving parts and therefore require little maintenance. They produce no noise, vibration or pollution. Solar PV panels operate even in cloudy conditions and have been installed across the country. The South of England is particularly suited to solar PV due to the relatively high levels of sunlight.

Watch a video of the Solar Park from the air