West Suffolk Council celebrates solar farm success

A 12.4MW solar farm at Toggam Farm in Lakenheath has generated more than £1.5 million of income in its third year.

Owned by West Suffolk Council, the solar farm marks its third anniversary this month and with it comes its best performance raising £1.5 million of income - around £100,000 more than anticipated. It also brings the total income it has raised since it was plugged in back in August 2016, to more than £4 million.

The income generated is helping fund the day to day council services for residents and businesses, while also making a significant carbon reduction. It notably brings the amount of funding for public services directly from the solar farm in the last three years to more than £1.2 million.

The solar farm generated 12,631MWh of electricity over the last 12 months against a target of 11,591MWh, enough to power around 3,300 homes and offset the Carbon Dioxide emissions from 1,500 cars. It has also helped West Suffolk Council towards becoming carbon neutral.

Sarah Broughton, cabinet member for Performance and Resources at West Suffolk Council, said: “This is just one of the many ways the Council is not only successfully reducing our impact on the climate but also creating an income stream to support services and other ambitions.”

West Suffolk Council is being encouraged by its cabinet to declare a climate change emergency.