The Anonymous Widower

Riding Sunbeams To Finance Railway Connected 3.75MW Community Solar Farm With £2.5m Grant

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Solar Power Portal.

This is the introductory paragraph.

The 3.75MW Cuckmere Community Solar Farm is to directly power the Eastbourne-London mainline railway in a world-first project.

This is certainly good news for Riding Sunbeams, who have been promoting the concept of powering railway electrification using solar power.

This Google Map shows the location.

Note.

  1. The 3.5 MW Berwick Solar Farm is to the North of Arlington reservoir.
  2. Berwick station and the mainline between London and Eastbourne is in the South East corner of the map.
  3. There is also Wilbees Solar Park to the South East of the reservoir.

If you look on Real Time Trains, there is usually around five or six trains per hour in both directions. As each train needs about a MW of power, the Berwick Solar Farm probably has a useful market for its power.

The Cuckmere Community Solar Company has developed the farm and has some interesting information on their web site.

Conclusion

I can’t really make up my mind about Riding Sunbeams.

Their heart is definitely in the right place, but there hasn’t been much take-up of the idea, as of now!

In this project, they would appear to have been more of an enabling company, who connected a solar farm to Network Rail’s infrastructure to the benefit of both parties.

As an electrical and control engineer, I can’t help feeling that there should be substantial energy storage in there somewhere.

November 24, 2020 - Posted by | Energy, Transport | , ,

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