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

Thank you to everyone who attended our online consultation event and in-person exhibition. The recorded webinar and exhibition boards can be found further down this page.

The feedback received will now be incorporated into our final design which we will submit to East Devon District Council.

  • October 2021: Public Consultation

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

  • 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 held an online webinar on the 12th October and an in-person exhibition on the 20th October to present our initial plans and understand feedback from the local community.

The recorded webinar and exhibition boards can be found below.

We have been encouraged by the positive response to the initial feedback received and are looking to include additional tree planting in various parts of the site. If you would like to discuss any elements of our proposal please do 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 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 complete our feedback form below or get in touch with our team.

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)

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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