Ouse Valley Solar Farm open events
9th, 10th, and 12th November – Ringmer and Lewes
Come and learn about the proposed solar farm near Ringmer that could generate enough energy to power 4,000 homes – and will be funded by community members.
Plans are underway by local energy company Ovesco to develop an ambitious solar farm on a site at Norlington Farm just north of Ringmer.
Known as Ouse Valley Solar Farm, the project will generate circa 16MW of electricity – the equivalent to power 4,000 homes. As well as dramatically helping to reduce carbon emissions from power use, the site intends to incorporate extensive biodiversity features such as hedgerows, bat and bird boxes and a community meadow, and provide a range of education and environmental benefits to the local community and wider area.
Ouse Valley Solar Farm will be funded and owned by its community members. Fund raising will start once the project has received planning permission from Lewes District Council. Each community member will have one vote. The project is expected to produce a reliable income stream for investors with any surplus going into a community benefit fund.
Open event dates
A series of open events in Ringer and Lewes are being held to let local people learn more about the project, ask questions and see how they can get involved:
- Tuesday 9 November 17.30 – 20.30: Open evening at Kings Academy, Ringmer (Steve Green Room) Lewes Road, Ringmer, East Sussex BN8 5RB
- Wednesday 10 November 12.30-19.00: Open day at Ringmer Village Hall (Jack Hart Room), Lewes Road, Ringmer, East Sussex BN8 5QH
- Friday 12 November 14.00-16.15: Information afternoon at Depot Cinema Studio, Pinwell Road, Lewes BN7 2JS
Ovesco director Chris Rowland says: “Lewes District Council has declared a climate emergency and laid out plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Ouse Valley Solar Farm will add to local energy security, make a significant contribution to achieving the carbon reduction commitments of Lewes District and provide a long-term annual benefit fund for the community.”