Burtree Lane Solar Farm

Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal at Whessoe, north of Darlington with a capacity of up to 49.9MW (Megawatts). Burtree Lane Solar Farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of over 16,000 homes, saving around 13,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year. 

Darlington Borough Council has declared a climate emergency and this solar farm will help in the quest to net zero and decarbonisation of the UK’s energy system.

Burtree Lane Solar Farm will not only increase the supply of clean power but as solar is the lowest cost form of new energy generation it will also help to reduce national power prices.

It offers a number of benefits locally with increased biodiversity proposals and a community benefit fund of £350 per MW per year (index-linked), for the lifetime of the solar farm. This could amount to £17,500 a year for 40 years or £700,000 in total, used locally for social and environmental projects.  We are also offering educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm.

As a local business, our solar farm will be contributing over £80,000 in business rates to Darlington Borough Council every year.

Further details on the proposal and frequently asked questions can be found further down this page.

Latest news

We held a public consultation event via Zoom on Tuesday 6th July at 6pm. A recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation slides can be seen below.

  • 6th July 2021: Public Consultation Webinar

    On the 6th July we will be holding a Pre-Planning Public Consultation Webinar and Q&A session event where we outline our plans and answer any questions live from the community.

  • Autumn 2021: Design Finalised and Planning App Submitted

    We will consider all community feedback from the Public Consultation before finalising the design, ready for submission.

  • Winter 2021: Planning Decision

    Darlington Borough Council will consider our plans and consult with statutory consultees and local residents.

  • Summer 2022: Construction (If approved)

    If planning permission is granted we will begin construction no earlier than Spring/Summer 2022.

Consulting with the local community

Listening to the views of the local community is very important to us and your feedback will help shape our design. We presented our initial plans and answered questions from the local community via a Zoom webinar on Tuesday 6th July.

The recorded webinar and presentation slides can be found below. Please do get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page to voice your comments with us.

Please click the below button to view our community invitation postcard which was delivered in the surrounding area.

Our Proposal so far

We have been undertaking several environmental and visual surveys to help inform our design. Our proposal offers a number of ecological and local benefits as well as continued agricultural use, with sheep being able to graze beneath the panels.

Our aim is to design the solar farm appropriately and as sensitively as possible to the surroundings whilst maximising the generation of clean energy.

This site has been carefully selected due to:

  • Suitable landscape with historical landfill site
  • Limited sensitive receptors and ability to screen with tree and hedgerow planting
  • Existing electrical infrastructure onsite
  • A secured grid connection
  • Substantial generation capacity already secured
  • Opportunity to boost biodiversity
  • No landscape designations
  • Good levels of solar irradiation in this part of the country

To see the location on Google maps click here.

Indicative site layout shown on the image to the right – click to enlarge.

We are now collating feedback from local residents to further shape our design. Please do contact us on the details below or fill out our short feedback form.

16280
equivalent number of homes powered every. year

Stated figure is calculated using BEIS ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2019’ (latest publish Dec 2020) which reports an average domestic consumption per Darlington Borough Council Household of 3352 kwh 

13817
tonnes of CO2 saved every year

Calculated using the UK Government Gas Conversion Factor, BEIS, 2020 of 0.2773 Tonnes Carbon/MWh. NV Calculations based on the PV Syst generation report for the proposed layout

18903
equivalent number of electric cars powered per year

Estimated figure calculated using an average mileage of 9435 miles per year (MOT data from RAC Foundation) and an average power consumption of 2,887 kWh (Electric Vehicle Database 2021)

Frequently Asked Questions

View our frequently asked questions by clicking on the button below.

Contact Us

We are committed to remaining engaged with the local community throughout the development process. If you would like to talk to us directly, please leave a comment in the form below or contact Chloe using the details provided below.

Contact details

chloe.hood@aurapower.co.uk

0117 214 1971

Aura Power Solar UK LTD, Penthouse Office, 30 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4ND