Toggam solar farm
Our solar farm generates green energy and income which we use to help support the future delivery of council services in West Suffolk. As central government funding continues to reduce many councils are investing in projects which will deliver savings or an income as well as greater benefits for our communities and environment. This is part of our wider Community Energy Plan.
The 12.4MW solar farm at Toggam Farm in Lakenheath, one of the largest council owned solar farms in the country went online in August 2016. Since then it has been generating renewable electricity, sold to the National Grid, providing an income to help fund day to day council services.
April 2022-March 2023 was the second best performing year for the solar farm, with the site producing 12,415MWh of renewable electricity.
Over the last three years the amount generated by the solar farm has created more than £4.6million of income which after costs, has meant that £1.8m has been pumped into public services.
The solar farm is just one of the many ways that the council is helping the environment and making financial benefits for the public purse. At West Stow it has installed a 117kW ground source heat pump providing renewable heat and cooling to replace an oil and electric heating system for the café, museum and collections buildings. The project achieves both environmental and financial savings: Green heating project at Anglo-Saxon site shortlisted for six national awards (press release 23 September 2021).
Electricity generation this year
Development of Toggam Solar Farm
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