On a sunny day in June, Vodafone UK News headed to Centrica’s new solar farm in Codford, Wiltshire, to see first-hand how such sites are helping Vodafone reach net zero carbon emissions for its UK operations by 2027.
Vodafone joined Centrica CEO Chris O’Shea and the Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP, Chair of the Net Zero Review & Mission Zero Report, to open the site and take a look around.
The 72-acre site is situated on a remote hilltop with splendid views across Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. The 33,000 solar panels will produce up to 19 gigawatt hours (GWh) of ‘green’ electricity every year – that’s enough to power around 4,850 homes for the same period.
Vodafone has supported the development of the site through a Power Purchase Agreement, which is an important part of the company’s renewable energy procurement strategy. In the case of Codford, Vodafone will purchase half of the electricity generated over the next 10 years, helping to secure the development of the site and bringing additional renewable power provision to the UK grid.