Horton Solar Farm

Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal north of Whimple in East Devon with a capacity of 49.9MW. Horton Solar Farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of around 12,000 homes, saving around 11,500 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year. 

East Devon Council has declared a climate emergency with a target to become carbon neutral by 2040. Horton Solar Farm can help in reaching this commendable ambition.

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 £17,500 a year for 40 years or nearly £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 £100,000 in business rates to East Devon District Council every year.

Latest news

We held our online public consultation event on Tuesday 12th October to understand feedback on our initial plans from the local community. The webinar was recorded and available to view on this page.

We are also holding an in-person exhibition at Whimple Victory Hall, School Hill, Whimple, Exeter, EX5 2TS on Wednesday 20th October 5.30-8.30pm – No need to register, just turn up (Covid safety measures in place)

  • October 2021: Public Consultation Webinar

    We are seeking feedback from the local community on our plans via two public consultation events.

  • December 2021: Design Finalised and Planning App Submitted

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

  • Spring 2022: Planning Decision

    East Devon 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

Listening to the views of the local community is very important to us and your feedback will help shape our design.

We are offering an online public consultation event as well as an in-person public exhibition to present our initial plans and understand feedback from the local community. Both events provide a platform to learn more about the proposal and ask questions direct to our project team. Members of the local community and councillors are invited to join these sessions.

Details of these events can be found below:

Online event: Tuesday 12th October at 6pm

This webinar was attended virtually by members of the local community. The recording and webinar slides can be found below.

In-person exhibition: Wednesday 20th October 5.30-8.30pm

Whimple Victory Hall, School Hill, Whimple, Exeter, EX5 2TS – No need to register, just turn up (Covid safety measures in place)

 

If neither events are convenient for you and you would like to speak to us in person, please contact us using the contact details at the bottom of this page.

Click the below button to view the community invitation postcard that has been distributed in the local area.

Our Proposal so far

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 well screened with limited visual impact on nearby residences
  • No environmental or landscape designations
  • Secure grid connection into the electricity network
  • Opportunities to boost biodiversity
  • 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.

We are now collating feedback from local residents to further shape our design. Please do attend one of our sessions to provide your feedback or fill in the feedback form at the bottom of this page.

12000
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 East Devon Household of 4089 kwh 

11500
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

18000
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

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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