The solar farm consists of solar panels arranged in rows of between 4 to 6 metres apart and covers an area of approximately 250 acres on the grass areas of the airfield, either side of the main runway.


The rows are aligned east to west and face south to maximize sunlight exposure.

The layout is sensitive to the area and takes into consideration:

  • The setting of the Scheduled Monuments, the blast walls and fighter pen;
  • The importance of the locally listed buildings;
  • The character and appearance of the Conservation Area including important views;
  • Nearby homes and buildings;
  • Trees and hedgerows.

The solar panels themselves are mounted on “tables” close to the ground and are fixed into position through piles driven into the ground. No concrete foundations are required and little excavation is therefore necessary.  The site is safeguarded by deer fencing.