Aura Power is to propose a solar farm on land to north of Broad Lane and to the east of the village of Bishampton in the district of Wychavon. Solar energy is a proven technology in decarbonising our power generation and securing our supplies of energy, priorities strongly supported by UK government, policy and the public.
Bishampton Solar Farm
What is a Solar Farm?
A solar farm comprises a series of solar panels on pole mounted tables forming solar arrays, and requires additional equipment such as transformers to connect to the electricity grid. PV panels convert sunlight into electricity, which is then exported directly to the electricity network. In the UK, the panels are usually arranged facing south, and are tilted at an angle to maximise the energy collected from sunlight.
Why is the site near Bishampton?
The site has been selected because:
- a solar farm at this location is anticipated to have relatively low impact on the local area
- the site is naturally well-screened
- the orientation and relatively high irradiation levels (at 938kWH/kWp) means there is adequate sunlight
- there is an existing 66,000 volt circuit that crosses the land, which presents a viable connection opportunity
- there is reasonable access to the site avoiding Bishampton
A planning application will be submitted in July 2020. The Local Planning Authority will consult with local people and interested parties on the application prior to making a decision based upon the South Worcs Development Plan and national policy, including the National Planning Policy Framework. You can find updates here.
June 2020In June we are holding Pre-Planning Consulations via a virtual exhibition which you can attend online by following a link, details of which are below.
Early July 2020The Final Proposed Design will submitted and made publicly available
Late July 2020The Planning Application will be submitted
Autumn 2020The Planning Decision will be formalised within 8 weeks after the date of submission
December 2020Once Planning Permission is successfully obtained we will begin construction
Due to current social distancing guidelines, we are planning to hold a virtual exhibition in the near future, which will be accessible via the internet. Our team will be on hand to answer your questions, so please attend and let us know what you think. We will write to you nearer the time with further details.
Our Proposal thus far:
Whilst offering ecological benefits locally, we understand that solar farms can represent a change to the landscape. As such, we are conducting a number of environmental and visual surveys to establish the presence of any such effects. We endeavour that any impacts will be avoided as far as possible, and mitigated where not. In terms of usage, the land will continue to be used for food production, with sheep grazing to be administered by the current landowners.
We welcome the thoughts of local residents about our plans, and invite you to attend the Virtual Exhibition. Alternatively, please do send over your comments by contacting us using the details below.
tonnes of CO2 saved
Based upon 340 tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh for electricity supplied by gas, published by DBEIS (28th March 2019) 2018 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Provisional Figures Statistical Release: National Statistics.
MWh (net) of electricity every year.
Using a Solar Radiation Database (source: https://www.rensmart.com/Maps) figure of 3.33kwh/m2/day, a candidate solar panel irradiation efficiency of 15.1% and 10% array losses.
homes powered with electricity
Based on figures from DECC 2019 average household electricity consumption figures for the West Midlands.
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