Copper Bottom Solar Farm

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.

Latest news

Hearing the views of the local community is very important and its your feedback that will help shape our plans. Due to the pandemic we are offering an online event as well as an in person public exhibition. Both events provide a platform to learn about the proposal and ask questions to our project team. Details of both can be found below.

  • November/December 2021: Public Consultation

    We are holding two public consultation events, online and in-person, to understand local feedback.

  • Winter 2022: Design Finalised and Planning App Submitted

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

  • Summer 2022: Planning Decision

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

  • Summer 2023: Construction (If approved)

    If planning permission is granted we will begin construction no earlier than Spring/Summer 2023.

Consulting with the local community

We will be sharing the details of our initial proposal at both of the events below and invite the local community to attend to ask questions and provide their feedback.

Online event took place on Wednesday 24th November at 6pm

The recording of the webinar and slides presented are available to view below.

In person exhibition: Wednesday 1st December 4pm – 7pm

Barripper Methodist Church, 18 African Row, Barripper, Camborne TR14 0QU – No need to register, just turn up (Covid safety measures in place)

The exhibition boards will also be uploaded to this page following the in-person event.

We are always happy to have a conversation over the phone or arrange a visit in person, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Site Location

We have been undertaking several environmental and visual surveys to help inform our design so far. Our proposal offers several ecological and local benefits, along with 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:

• The site is already relatively well screened with the ability to plant additional trees and hedgerows

• No environmental or landscape designations on site

• Secure grid connection into the electricity network

• Opportunities to boost biodiversity with species rich wildflower and native tree and hedgerow planting

• Excellent levels of solar irradiation in this part of the country

To see the location on Google maps click here.

Indicative site location shown on the image to the right – click to enlarge. The red boundary indicates the full site area and the blue shading indicates the area we are looking at for solar panels and associating infrastructure. Full details of the initial design, including the proposed tree and hedgerow planting will be presented at our consultation events.

We are inviting local residents to attend our consultation events and provide their feedback to help shape the design of the site.

7000
equivalent number of homes powered every. year

Estimated figure is calculated using BEIS ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2019’ (latest publish Dec 2020) which reports an average domestic consumption per Cornwall Household

7800
tonnes of CO2 saved every year

Estimated figure calculated using the UK Government Gas Conversion Factor, BEIS, July 2021 of 0.2133 Tonnes Carbon/MWh. NV Calculations based on the PV Syst generation report for the proposed layout

10600
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)

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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