Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal west of Rayleigh with a capacity of up to 30MW. Rayleigh Solar Farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of over 9,000 homes, saving around 10,000 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere each year.
Essex County Council has committed to make Essex carbon neutral by 2050 and this solar farm can help in this vital challenge as we ‘build back greener’ from the global health crisis.
Rayleigh Solar Farm will 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 £10,000 a year for 40 years or over £400,000 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 £50,000 in business rates to Rochford District Council every year.
Further details on the proposal and frequently asked questions can be found further down this page.