Litchardon Cross Solar Farm

Litchardon Cross Solar Farm

Aura Power are working on 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 and Fremington, and used for social and environmental community projects.

Latest news

We want to involve the local community at every stage of the development process. You can find updates here.

 

You can view the planning application here:

https://planning.northdevon.gov.uk/Planning/Display/71708

  • Tuesday 28th July 2020

    The planning application has now been submitted. You can view this by clicking on the link to the left of this page.
  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    The public exhibition was held at Lovacott Village Hall. Here we showcased the plans and designs to the local community, answered any questions and took feedback. If you were unable to come along, we would still encourage you to get in touch with any thoughts via the comment section at the bottom of this page.
  • March 2019

    Grid connection is secured with Western Power Distribution, the local network operator.
  • December 2018

    Aura Power identifies the land, and begins preparatory work for the solar installation. This includes extensive ecological and landscape studies.

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 Consultation Event. Alternatively, please do send over your comments by contacting us using the details below.

15800
tonnes of CO2 saved every year

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.

57000
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.

12700
equivalent number of homes powered with electricity

Stated figure is calculated the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Stratedy ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2017’ updated September 2019, which reports an average domestic consumption per household of 4 489kWh (DBEIS, 2019). NB. All figures reported to 3 significant figures unless stated otherwise.

Construction Access Route

The construction period will be approximately 3 months. The access for construction vehicles will be via the Old Bideford Road from Barnstaple as shown on the map below and avoids any traffic through the villages around the site. Deliveries are well spaced throughout the construction period and will be restricted, wherever possible, to off-peak weekdays between 09.00 – 15.00.

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Contact details

0117 214 1983

Aura Power Solar UK LTD, 3 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB