Renewable Energy project

The Science Museum Group, in partnership with Swindon Commercial Services Ltd, is embarking on an exciting renewable energy project at its storage site in Wroughton near Swindon.

The Science Museum Group, in partnership with Swindon Commercial Services Ltd is embarking on an exciting renewable energy project at its storage site in Wroughton near Swindon.

The largest solar farm in the UK will be constructed on 178 acres of redundant land at the former RAF airfield now owned by the Museum. When complete this array will generate 40MW of energy - enough to power over 12,000 homes.

The will contribute significantly to Swindon’s renewable energy targets, and see biodiversity improvements at the site too – including bat and bird boxes, planting of nectar rich meadows for insects and better management of the land for chalk-loving plants. There will also be a flock of sheep grazing by the solar panels to keep weeds in check, and to provide an additional use from the same area of land.

Community counts! A benefit fund will be set up for, and be administered by, the Wroughton community. This fund will be in the region of £40,000 per year, on top of which is 5 MW of the array set aside for community investment, with a planned minimum investment of just £10.

The project is currently going through the planning process, but a wealth of supporting information is available. 

We welcome your input – if you have any direct questions please contact us via email at the following address: solarfarm@sciencemuseum.org.uk