Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal in West Cornwall, southwest of the village of Barripper. The project has been named Copper Bottom in reference to the area’s historic copper mining activity. Copper Bottom Solar Farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of around 7000 homes, saving around 7000 tonnes of carbon entering the atmosphere each year.
Cornwall Council was one of the fist local authorities to declare a climate emergency and has a commendable target to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Solar Farms 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 over £10,500 a year for 35 years or over £350,000 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 Cornwall Council every year.