Geospatial Insight to assess solar potential of Winchester’s land to support climate and energy action

Geospatial Insight have been selected by Winchester City Council to assess the solar potential of over 600 square kilometres of its non-urban land, in support of the Authority’s ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2024, and their goal for the entire district to become carbon neutral by 2030. The analysis will also include Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) sites, to enable better decision making about the most beneficial future use of SHELAA locations.

“Winchester City Council are showing incredible ambition as they work towards a carbon-neutral district and have been extremely open to the utilisation of a disruptive, data-driven approach to creating and delivering the evidence base they need to build their solar strategy” commented Ian Dee, Climate Applications Lead at Geospatial Insight. “Inclusion of the SHELAA sites also shows a real willingness to thoroughly assess the best use of land across the district to maximise both the environmental and financial return on investment, as well as considering the wider social impact of their actions”.

Geospatial Insight will create and deliver a portfolio of land intelligence to allow the ranking and prioritising of solar deployment opportunities based on land characteristics such as slope and aspect, planning considerations including conservation status and flood risk, and additional constraints such as upstream grid capacity issues.

The Winchester City Council project is the latest work being undertaken in the Hampshire area by Geospatial Insight, having previously completed an analysis of the solar suitability of land and buildings across East Hampshire, and a current eMobility focused project for the Isle of Wight to support the planning of their future EV charging network.

To discover how Geospatial Insight’s location-based products and services could accelerate your climate ambitions, contact [email protected].