Wroughton Airfield Solar Park is one of the largest ground mount solar parks in UK.
The project was a joint development for Public Power Solutions (PPS) with the Science Museum Group who were looking for a solution that would generate an income enabling them to refurbish the aircraft hangers on the former World War II airfield.
Throughout the development process, PPS invited the local community to participate in assessing the scheme through several consultation events. The project attracted high levels of support from the community and political parties. There is also a community benefit fund of £62,000 per year to fund local community projects as well as providing grants for projects focusing on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health or play.
The project was initially funded by a private investor and was refinanced by a consortium of local authorities (Warrington, Newham and Thurrock).
Public Power Solutions have been a fantastic company to partner with in developing our solar farm at Wroughton. The energy and professionalism shown by the team as we navigated the complex planning system and ultimately secured approval for this project, was outstanding. The ethical and open way the public were approached and enthused, ensured that confidence in the company, and its partners, was gained and given very vocal local support. PPS are certainly a company to work with if you want to achieve success in renewables.
Head of Site and Sustainability, Science Museum Group