Thursday, November 1, 2012

Solar Farm May Serve 4,000 Homes

PLANS have been submitted for a 15.32ha solar farm that could produce enough energy to partially serve up to 4,000 homes.

Renewable energy company Switch2Renewable has submitted a planning application for 21,955 solar panels to be installed on a field at Bay Farm, Barton Mills.

Managing director of Switch2Renewables, Tim Dobson, said that the proposed site which is adjacent to Newmarket Road had been selected as natural screening would hide the panels from view.

The panels planned to be installed at the site are black and dark blue and stand approximately 1.5m from the ground.

If the application is approved the panels will be arranged in rows running across the site, fixed at an angle of 30 degrees in order to obtain maximum sunlight.

Mr Dobson said: “It’s exciting we are moving slowly towards the government’s targets and it means there’s more people will be using renewable energy rather than dirty brown energy.”

It is proposed that the field, which is currently used as agricultural land, would be turned into a solar farm for a minimum of 25 years.

The farm will be large enough to produce 7.5MW of energy which will be distributed via the local distribution network.

Mr Dobson said that the panels would not cause damage to the area or any wildlife.

The proposal will be discussed by the affected parish councils before going before Forest Heath District Council.


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