Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal between Murton and South Hetton, with a capacity of up to 49.9MW (Megawatts). The solar farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of over 17,000 homes, saving around 15,203 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
County Durham has set a target to become carbon neutral by 2050 and this solar farm will help meet this target. Hawthorn Pit Solar Farm will not only increase the supply of clean power, as solar is the lowest cost form of new energy generation it will also help to reduce national power prices.
As a local business, our solar farm will be contributing over £80,000 in business rates to County Durham Council every year.
We are also offering 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. A proportion would be set aside for educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm as well as grants for residents who want to plant screening in their own properties.