Solar

Harmony Energy is currently developing large solar PV farms, using our project expertise to support landowners throughout the development process.

In the UK Harmony is developing 200MWs of standalone solar projects and 500MWs of solar projects co-located with its battery projects

Solar PV is a proven, cost-effective technology and many countries around the world are turning to it to help meet their energy needs. The falling cost of solar PV over the last decade means that solar farms no longer require Government subsidies.

Developing solar on intensively farmed land can also result in significantly increasing biodiversity.

Contact the team to discuss how we can help you to join the renewable energy revolution and unlock the financial and environmental benefits of a solar farm on your land.

FAQs

Solar energy is a natural and inexhaustible source of clean renewable energy with a low environmental impact. The advantages of solar farms over other forms of energy generation are well-established and include clean, green electricity generation with no harmful emissions, noise-free electricity generation and low maintenance requirements.

Solar panels have no moving parts, make no noise and create no harmful emissions. The inverters produce a slight hum, but this is not audible past the property boundaries.

The technology is extremely safe and reliable. It does not interfere with equipment such as mobile phones, heart monitors, pacemakers, hearing aids or TV reception.

Solar farms typically consist of rows of solar panels up to 1m off the ground, fixed at an angle to maximise exposure to the sun. Spacing requirements mean the solar panels only take up around one third of the solar farm site, with most of the land being retained as open land, free from intensive farming.

Solar panels are typically mounted on steel frames, which are driven or screwed into the ground. As a result, solar farms involve very low volumes of earthworks and have very little physical impact on the land where they are located. Solar farms can be easily screened from view by setting them back from boundaries and by appropriate screen planting.

Our proposals typically seek to retain existing trees and hedgerows around the site. In addition, comprehensive landscaping is included as part of the planned development to ensure that there is minimal visual impact from houses and public vantage points.

No, the opposite. Solar farms have been proven to encourage wildlife to flourish during the rejuvenation period of the land.

We need land close to the national grid or a local distribution network connection point. The further away from the connection point a solar farm is located, the less efficient it becomes due to transmission losses.

Once we have identified a grid injection point, we carry out a detailed analysis of the surrounding land to identify sites that have the lowest possible impact on built and cultural heritage, ecology and the landscape.

No. The life of a solar farm can depend on the duration of the resource consent issued by a council. But a council can also impose a condition requiring the solar farm to be dismantled if it is no longer functional.

A solar farm can be dismantled as quickly and as easily as it was constructed and the materials are almost entirely recyclable (with core components comprising glass, silicon, aluminium and steel).

During the construction phase, there is a small increase in the number of vehicles delivering materials to the site. There will be a traffic management plan to prevent damage and minimise disruption. Once the site is built, traffic will cease almost entirely.

No. Only approximately 0.5% of a solar farm is in direct contact with the ground. The land underneath the panels will still allow the overland flow of water and not affect the ability of water to soak into the ground. We always undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment as part of our application, which will identify any special measures required to mitigate the impact.

Solar panels are designed to absorb light and not to reflect it. They pose little risk of glint or glare, and solar panels have been installed on many airport runways around the world. There are no visible lights on a solar farm.

We do, we build without Government subsidies.

Construction of a solar farm is a very quick process. As a rough guide, a typical development can be built in under six months, with very light duty construction that has little local impact.

We decommission the solar farm and the panels along with other elements are recycled. Every solar panel company (importer or manufacturer) in the UK must join a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS), such as the Government-approved PV CYCLE. This ensures that all solar panels are collected and recycled properly.

Battery

Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are the key to unlocking the full potential of intermittent renewable energy; the more renewable energy that is connected, the more important the ability to manage its intermittent nature becomes. Harmony have 42MW/84MWh BESS operating in the UK, with a future 326MW/652MWh in build.

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Solar

Harmony Energy is currently developing large solar PV farms, using our project expertise to support landowners throughout the development process.

In the UK Harmony is developing 200MWs of standalone solar projects and 500MWs of solar projects co-located with its battery projects

Solar PV is a proven, cost-effective technology and many countries around the world are turning to it to help meet their energy needs.

Find out more

Wind

Harmony Energy has built and operated 15 wind power sites in the UK, so we have a wealth of project and technical expertise to share with landowners.

Our wind business was backed by one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors - Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The majority of the portfolio was sold to Blackfinch Investments in 2019.

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