Southam Solar Farm
Acquired by Foresight in 2015, Southam is a 10MW solar farm, located in Warwickshire. Solar power is inherently clean and is recognised as one of the cleanest energy generation asset classes, owing to its very low CO2 intensity.
In order to promote awareness and demonstrate the solar farm’s provision of clean energy to the local community, Southam is used as an educational resource for local schools and colleges, recently hosting students from Warwickshire College.
Southam has a remarkable biodiversity zone, managed by Foresight, which has flourished to host a rich diversity of wildlife. The land within the solar compound is conserved to enhance the environment, with special focus on the maintenance of healthy grass and wildflowers, which are encouraged to grow. The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) contractor deploys only light utility vehicles with high flotation tyres to avoid wheel ruts and to minimise damage to the ground and grassland when vehicles travel around the site.
To further encourage the wildlife, Foresight has installed an owl box, 9 bat boxes and 7 bird boxes. A bird foraging meadow is located next to the plant and is regularly seeded with wild bird seed mix, creating a breeding habitat.
There are several beehives on the perimeter of the farm that are monitored and maintained by the grounds staff. Bees are of huge economic importance to the area and are vital for the pollination of many fruit, vegetable and seed crops. Beyond Southam, we have worked with beekeepers across the country and have beehives situated on eight more Solar Farms in the UK.