Solar Farm Bike Ride
Starting at the Tourist Information Centre in Broad Street at 6.00 p.m., we’ll do a reasonably challenging 15 mile cycle ride to the Southill Solar Farm (4.5 MWpk) near Charlbury. On the way we will take a look at the larger (10MWpk), though less accessible, Flit Solar Park south of Yarnton. This is a lovely ride on quite roads or cycle track, on Sustrans routes NCN5 then NCN442. In Charlbury, which is about a mile on from the solar farm, there is a Pizza van on Monday evenings, so we’ll get food there, unless you want to bring a picnic. The more energetic can cycle back, or there are trains just after 9 and 10 p.m., which take 20 minutes. You need to bring lights, in case you end up getting the later train.
Both these solar farms illustrate well what can be done to generate electricity in a carbon-free way, while also providing other environmental benefits on otherwise difficult to use land, and using different commercial models. Flit is a ‘for-profit’ business operation, whereas Southill is community owned.
The bike ride is flat, but we need to go at a reasonable pace in order not to get to Charlbury too late, so it’s not an event for beginner cyclists.
Date/Time: Mon 19th June - 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Add to Calendar
How to Book: Just turn up.
Contact: James Larminie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Target Audience: People looking for a pleasant and instructive June evening cycle ride, at moderate pace.
Start at Tourist Information Centre