7 138 GWh
tons of CO2 avoided per year
The first IPP project developed, built, and operated by Voltalia in the UK. The O&M Team in Tonge Solar Farm is working on how the valuable ecological features of the site, can be managed to increase the wildlife on the site, during the operation phase. Tonge Solar Farm has a Biodiversity Management Plan to protect the existent plant and animal life on the site.
The main points in the operational phase where the O&M team is working:
- Managing grassland to ensure the development of a diverse sward beneath and around the PV modules.
- The site is managed to create a diverse grassland habitat that will benefit a wide range of wildlife, including invertebrates. The site was seeded using seeds from suitable and natives species and is managed using a cutting regime.
- Is now understudy with the SPV owner, the possibility of combining the grass cutting with a grazing regime.
- Managing adjacent habitats, so that birds can nest and winter.
- Habitat and features, such as roosting poles, were provided on-site to maintain and enhance the value of the site for nesting and wintering birds.
- Bat and bird boxes were installed on suitable and mature trees, adjacent to the site. Also, perchers were erected around the security fence, to provide vantage points for raptor species to prey on small mammal species populations that can expand in the large grassland.
- To ensure wildlife and protected species are adequaty protected during the project’s life.
- We ensure that species can continue utilising the site and they are protected during our operations works.
- Two wildlife hibernacula were created, to provide shelter and over-wintering refuges for reptiles, amphibians and inverterbrates. Also, mammals gaps were installed in the security fence, in order to provide an access points for badgers, hares and small mammals to continue utilising the site for foraging.