03 September 2014

South Marston's day in the sun!

Today (3rd September 2014) members of South Marston community helped open the 10MW Sevor Farm Solar recently constructed by sustainable energy company, Eneco UK.

The solar farm, which provides power directly to the nearby Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd (HUM) site, was acquired by Eneco at the beginning of this year. After a four month build period the 43 acre project was completed in April 2014. The power output will now provide around 64 per cent of the annual electricity requirement of HUM’s Engine Plant.

In building the project, Eneco has made a firm commitment to be a good neighbour to the community for the lifetime of the project. To date commitments have been made including: the provision of community benefits to support a speed reduction zone (20mph) in South Marston Village, flood mitigation works and footpath improvements to encourage walking and cycling.

Eneco has worked with the children from South Marston C of E School to find a winning logo for the project. The winning logo designed by eight year old Pheobe Young was today unveiled on a new sign at the entrance to the site.

To celebrate the project opening, speeches were given by David Dewart from Swindon Borough Council and Eneco UK Director Guy Madgwick and guests were given a tour of the site. To mark the opening moment, children from South Marston C of E School were asked to plant wild flower seeds in commemoration of the day along a footpath which will be open to the village. The site was then opened to South Marston residents, who were given guided tours by the Eneco team.

Guy Madgwick Director of Eneco UK said: “Today’s event has been really symbolic of the achievement that is Sevor Farm Solar. While we are proud of the build of the project, its output and significance to Eneco as our largest onshore solar project, we are most of all extremely appreciative of the cooperation and warm welcome given to us from the local community. 
Sevor Farm Solar also represents localised self-supply of a large manufacturing business – something that is central to Eneco’s decentralised and sustainable energy strategy.”

For further information please contact the UK press office on 01926 331 229 or enecouk@eneco.com

Notes to editors
Eneco UK (www.eneco.co.uk) is based in Warwick and headed by Director, Guy Madgwick. The UK wind portfolio includes Scottish onshore projects: Tullo and Tullo II Wind Farms, fully operational with a combined generating capacity of 42MW, located in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire; Burn of Whilk Wind Farm (22.5MW) located west of Wick, Caithness – currently under construction; Moy Wind Farm (60MW) in The Highlands – currently under construction; Lochluichart Wind Farm (69MW) in The Highlands – fully operational and Macritch Hill, a proposed 54MW wind farm located in Angus that is being developed in partnership with Scottish Water. Eneco is also a 50:50 development partner in the Navitus Bay offshore wind project located to the west of the Isle of Wight. In November 2013, the company acquired its first solar project in the UK - the 10MW Sevor Solar Farm near South Marston, Swindon.

Source: Eneco UK