With the support of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), 4,000ac of solar panels successfully received 15-year funding in the first round of the auction. In total, 63 solar farms received funding in the first round and will be built over the coming year. Four more auctions are expected to take place until 2025 to deliver on our 2030 renewable electricity targets.

While some farmers are developing their own solar farms, for many farmers the opportunities will come from entering long-term agreements with solar developers to lease their land.