Buyers from across the country competed to invest in a Somerset solar farm which was being sold via an online auction.

The guide price of £250,000 was quickly exceeded as a number of eager buyers fought for ownership of the site at Landmoor Lane, Long Sutton, near Langport. The hammer came down at £315,000.

Auctioneer Justin Lowe of Greenslade Taylor Hunt said: “All of the interest was from income seekers, particularly those in or approaching retirement as the initial yield was (based on the guide price) in excess of ten per cent before costs.

“We also had a lot of interest from people wishing to create an 'eco' home, producing their own energy, and those looking at a battery storage site to complement the solar site.”

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Solar farm at Landmoor Lane, Long Sutton

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The auctioneers hosted three viewing days, which attracted buyers from all over the south west, south and east of the country.

Justin continued: “The property sold via our online auction system which worked really well as the bidding is transparent. Both client and buyer are very happy!”

The site was established by the present owners in 2006 and there is a 13 and 14 year unexpired Feed in Tariff contract with EDF currently generating income of between £26,000 and £28,000 per annum (paid quarterly in arrears and index linked).

The entire site extends to around 6.03 acres (2.44Ha) with scope for further development, subject to the necessary consents.

To find out more about online auctions contact Justin at the Yeovil office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01935 415300 or email