Aura Power is currently developing solar farms in Canada, USA, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, Republic of Ireland, Spain and the UK. We have secured 1,300 MW of grid capacity and successfully taken 630 MW through planning.
As well as providing clean renewable energy, our solar farms offer a number of benefits to local people and wildlife.
As we all know, we are in a climate and ecological emergency and it is important to recognise why solar can play such an important role in the future of the energy sector and our environment.
Governments across the globe are setting legally binding targets to reduce carbon emissions. The International Energy Association states that the path to net zero requires the equivalent of installing the world’s current largest solar park roughly every day for the next 9 years.
Solar power is proven to be the cheapest form of new electricity generation available and without subsidies, this helps to reduce power prices.
As well as generating clean, renewable energy, solar farms can enrich local biodiversity, continue the use of agriculture via sheep grazing and restore soil conditions.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, predominantly made from silicon crystals, convert sunlight into electricity, providing a clean and stable source of power. Unlike wind farms, solar PV generates electricity in a relatively predictable manner, i.e. during the daytime when energy consumption is typically higher.
Solar is already the world's fastest growing energy technology and the efficiency of panels is improving year on year. Most of today's panels see an efficiency of around 20-25%. New technologies, however, are pushing efficiencies as high as 47%.
The electricity produced from the panels is then converted from DC to AC using inverters. The voltage is then stepped up through a transformer to be distributed on the electricity network to utility services, homes and businesses.
As well as generating clean renewable energy, solar farms provide many opportunities to boost local biodiversity, which in turn benefits local wildlife. The soil is allowed time to restore with no pesticides from previous intensive farming practices and sheep are able to graze beneath and around the panels.
We offer a community benefit fund at many of our sites allowing some of the income generated from the solar farm to be directly pumped into the local community. We encourage the money to be spent locally on educational, social and environmental projects.
We also work with Earth Energy, a specialist in organising school trips to solar farms and educational sessions linked to the National Curriculum.
Solar Energy UK, the UK's solar industry association have produced a helpful myth-busting fact sheet on the benefits of solar, providing a range of examples of how solar can benefit economic activity, local communities and the natural environment.Check it out by clicking here.