There is 8.4mW of solar generation on Cadland Estate. The Estate is suitable for renewable power generation due to the close proximity of Fawley Power Station and the main mainland substation to the Isle of Wight Substation. We are particularly suited for solar power with some of the highest light levels in the Country.
Cadland’s solar farm exists hand in hand with free range livestock, pictured below our sheep flock benefits from the shelter and protection of the solar panels and fenced area, in turn the sheep graze the land surrounding the panels maintaining the grass and land.
The 8.4 mW of solar is estimated to produce over 9 million kw hours of electricity annually. Depending on household usage, this is sufficient for some 4000 homes. As electricity is like water it flows to the closest user, therefore most of Mopley, Blackfield, Holbury and Fawley will be using our electricity during daylight hours. The solar on the barns at Stanswood Farm has significantly reduced the farms electricity usage and is sufficient to power all farm needs including the grain elevators and the potato grading equipment. It may not be long before all farm vehicles including the tractors are electric.
The increased revenue to the Cadland Estate from the solar farm has enabled the hiring of an extra employee on the Estate, the son of the Head Forester whose responsibilities include the maintenance of the solar fields and the wider landscape. One of these responsibilities was to plant a new coppice adjacent to the Langley substation that will screen it from the local residents, particularly those who live at Forest Gate or the eastern end of Mopley Road.
The Estate has also planted-up the hedges to provide further screening, and is making significant improvements to the footpath network between Mopley and the Lepe Road, and between Whitefield Farm and the Stepping Stones over the Dark Water. This will see the removal of eight stiles, which will make walking much easier, particularly for those that are less able. In addition, there will be three new ‘kissing gates’ and livestock will be separated from the footpaths with 400 meters of new fencing. These additions will significantly improve the quality of the footpaths..