We offer some of the most affordable EV chargers available and can also help you with a grant where applicable. Government funding is currently open for flat owners and renters. The funding will pay up to 75% towards the price of a new EV charger, up to £350. Business owners with dedicated parking lots can also take advantage of a grant of up to £14,000 under the Workplace Charging Point Scheme.
We can advise you on grants, apply on your behalf, install your EV charger, and provide maintenance if necessary.
Solar Farm Planned Near Tunbridge Wells
Plans were submitted to Tunbridge Wells council in October 2022 for a 171-acre farmland site in Horsmonden, which is to be known as the Bockingfold Solar Farm – which is larger than 128 football pitches.
If permission is granted, the project will produce up to 49.9MWp of energy. This could deliver enough electricity to power around 15,120 homes. It will contribute to tackling the global climate crisis by displacing circa 16,550 tonnes of CO2 per year and help move the UK closer to reaching the targets for renewable energy generation set by the government.
The project will also contribute to the UK’s energy security, lowering reliance on foreign energy imports.
Surrounded by security fences, the renewable energy generating station will have solar panels, transformer units, a control house, a substation, grid connection equipment, 40ft storage containers and other security measures.
The company behind the plans, Voltalia, was founded in France in 2005 and is a multinational renewable energy producer specialising in solar, hydro, biomass wind and storage.
Planning papers show deer fencing would be put up around the boundary. The 2m to 2.4m high-security fencing would be made of welded mesh with galvanised steel gates.
The proposed site is very close to the small village of Claygate.
Building of the site would take around 34 weeks, with construction lorries using existing paved access off the B2162.
Solar Farm Power Vs. Home Generation
There are key differences between a solar farm and home solar panels in terms of the amount of electricity they generate and their benefits and drawbacks.
- A solar farm typically generates much more electricity than a home solar panel system. Solar farms can cover many acres and generate tens of megawatts of electricity, while a typical home solar panel system may generate only a few kilowatts.
- The cost of a solar farm is much higher than the cost of a home system due to the large size and complexity of a farm. Home solar systems are affordable for the average homeowner and can provide a good return on investment over time.
- A solar farm is usually owned and maintained by a utility company or other large firm, while home solar panels are owned and maintained by the homeowner. With home solar panels, the homeowner is responsible for maintenance and upkeep, which is minimal and low cost. Because the solar farm owner bears the cost and responsibility for maintaining a solar farm, this is reflected in the price charged by solar farm companies.
- A solar farm is typically connected to the electrical grid and provides power to a wide area. In contrast, home solar panels are connected to the grid and provide power to the homeowner’s home. In some cases, excess power generated by a home solar panel system can be sold back to the grid.
Both solar farms and home solar panels generate clean, renewable energy and have a positive environmental impact by reducing carbon emissions. However, the construction of a solar farm may require the clearing of land and will have a larger environmental footprint than a home solar panel system.
Overall, solar farms and home solar panel systems offer benefits regarding clean energy generation and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. But if you get power from a solar farm, you depend on an energy company and will not be free to generate power on your terms.
Full Solar Installations in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Tarven supplies and installs Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels in Royal Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding towns. We provide battery storage, bird proofing, and a range of accessories. We have installed hundreds of systems at a low affordable price.