The Wilmington Farm Solar Array started exporting electricity to the Grid at the end of March 2015. At 2.34 MW this was BWCE’s largest community owned solar array when it was installed. Though this has now been superseded by the 5MW Crewkerne array.
It cost £2.8 million to build and was financed from a share offer that raised over £2.2 million. The balance was financed with a £500,000 loan from Bath & North East Somerset Council. This loan has now been paid back in full having successfully achieved its aim of enabling the project to be built.
In 2017-18 the project hit its generation target, even though sunshine levels were again below average during the year. The project reduced carbon dioxide emissions by over 660 tonnes and generated enough electricity to meet the equivalent demand from over 750 homes.