There is an opportunity for a new solar development to accompany the Brightwells development in Farnham, Surrey. The development currently has no planned solar provision, despite the large areas of suitable roof space and rooftop parking areas. Given the massive drop in solar energy production costs in recent years and the development of Brightwells, this is an opportunity that should not be missed.
The development of Brightwell began in 2019, so siting of the solar infrastructure can be the icing on the cake of the development and need not alter any design. To add the solar in parallel with the construction work is much more cost efficient than fitting solar retrospectively, so it should be added to the plans now, before any construction goes ahead. There are many funding options available, council, private and developer – solar is a good investment and there are many options available. The solar could also be used to reduce household electricity costs for the new housing development and the new local businesses.
There are many companies that specialise in commercial solar, such as Hive Energy: http://www.hiveenergy.co.uk/our-uk-solar-parks/working-with-you/roof-top-solar/
With the increase of electric cars over the coming years, the solar power can also supply banks of car charging points, again these can be fitted as part of the development rather than retrospectively. Whether or not solar is fitted, there will still be a growing need for car charging points.
Another opportunity is for rooftop gardens to be included in the design, which are particularly beneficial to residents who would otherwise have no garden.
With a Climate Emergency declared by Surrey County Council in July 2019, the measures listed above plus any others which may be of value, should now be included in this, and all other developments in the county.