The proposed new community-owned 5MW ground mounted solar PV system has been developed by Solstice Renewables and Heads of Terms have been signed to construct the solar farm with award-winning solar company Solarcentury
The site lies between Chichester and Bognor Regis. It is approximately 800m south east of Merston and is accessible from the B2166 (Pagham Road). It sits to the north of a similar 5MW commercially owned solar farm and will share a grid connection.
The site will help West Sussex meet its own renewable energy targets. The site has been carefully selected as a suitable location in the area for the following reasons:
- The local grid network is one of the few places in the South with remaining grid capacity to accommodate significant renewable generation.
- Solar irradiance – the light levels around Merston are in the top 5% of the country.
- The site is free from classification as an AONB, SSSI, National Park area, flood risks, and is based within relatively flat land.
- Visual impact – The hedges and tree lines surrounding the site provides a natural barrier that screens the nearby residents and community. The surrounding land is flat meaning the presence of the solar farm will not be prominent within the wider landscape.
- The site is suitable for agricultural use as a wild flower meadow with grazing for sheep. This will benefit local biodiversity.