Aura Power have been granted planning permission for a solar farm proposal at Litchardon Cross, Newton Tracey, North Devon, EX31 3QD. The solar farm will generate enough electricity to power 12,700 homes, thereby saving 15,800 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
Litchardon Cross Solar Farm will be built without subsidy, and will therefore compete with fossil fuel generation on a level playing field. By increasing the supply of power, our solar farm will help to reduce national power prices, whilst securing regional investment and jobs. As a local business, our solar farm will also be contributing nearly £100,000 in business rates to North Devon Council every year. Furthermore, Aura is proposing to set up 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 35 years or over £612,000 in total. £2,000 a year would be set aside for educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm, with the remainder being shared between the parishes of Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey, Fremington and neighbouring parishes, used for social and environmental community projects.