Powering up two solar farm plans

An existing Lightsource solar farm in Surrey

An existing Lightsource solar farm in Surrey

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Planning proposals have been drawn up for two solar farms which could power around 4,000 homes .

Solar energy generator Lightsource Renewable Energ invited residents to participate in information evenings to discuss the two potential farms earlier this month.

The sites are at land north of Leighton Road, Eggington, as well as Church Farm, Slapton, and the aim was for locals to have an input into the initial design and planning, while Lightsource were also keen to emphasise their eco-friendly plans.

Conor McGuigan, planning and development director at Lightsource, said: “Energy security is an important issue for Britain at the moment, but it has to be addressed in the right way.

“We have chosen to progress our plans for these sites in particular because they are distanced from any designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the topography and vegetation allows us to position the solar farms sensitively within the landscape to keep views to a minimum.

“All surrounding vegetation and footpaths will be retained and we anticipate planting new hedgerows which will also provide valuable habitats for wildlife.”

With a new giant 6MW/10MWh battery already approved for installation at Woodman Close, Leighton Buzzard, it would allow excess energy from the proposed Eggington farm to be stored there to help meet high energy demands of the town at peak times.

Sheep grazing at both farms will be possible, while the solar panels will occupy less than 30% of the sites.

There is a biodiversity management plan for each farm, which will be put in place to ensure that native species benefit from planting, seeding and habitat creation.

The solar farms would take a two months to install.

For more information about Lightsource and its proposals, contact 0333 200 0755 or email: info@lightsource-re.co.uk quoting either ‘Church Farm Slapton’ or ‘Land North of Leighton Road’.

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