New solar farm with 45,000 panels built by Cambridgeshire County Council is set to open in Soham next week

Cambridgeshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council - Credit: Archant

A new 12MW solar farm built by Cambridgeshire County Council, is being launched in Soham on Monday (June 19).

With 45,000 photovoltaic panels across 70 acres, the solar farm will generate enough electricity to supply more than 3,000 homes each year while avoiding the release of 123,000 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime.

This is the first local authority project in England to receive Contracts for Difference (CfD), a finance incentive for the energy generated, and is creating £1million revenue a year from an initial investment of £9million.

Among local dignitaries attending will be county Councillor Ian Bates and Chris Malyon the council’s deputy chief executive along with David Carr, company director from Bouygues - one of the country’s leading construction companies, Sean Hanson, chief executive at Local Partnerships.

Some students from Soham Village College will also be given a tour of the site.