Transforming a WWII airfield into solar site

29 Nov 2010

A World War II airfield in the UK is to be retrofitted in order to turn it into a solar feed – in a tariff site.

The site, a runway in Westcott airfield, has received permission to make the transformation and could be the UK’s first functioning solar park, according to

The Feed-in Tariff solar site is expected to consist of 1,500 solar panels and could generate an estimated 1.2 megawatts (MW) of energy.

Forms of energy

A feed-in tariff is a mechanism that encourages the adoption of renewable energy – geothermal energy, tidal power, wind power, biomass, hydropower and solar power – in order for it to assist with contributions to the grid. Purchase prices are generally based on renewable energy generated and tend towards grid parity.

An existing system exists in Germany (following a policy amendment) and has since led to a shake up of prices for renewable energy and a number of countries have followed suit.