Rayleigh Solar Farm

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.

Latest news

We held a public consultation presentation and Q&A via Zoom on Tuesday 14th September at 6pm to present our initial plans and answer any questions from the local community. You can watch the recorded video and slides below.

  • 14th September 2021: Public Consultation Webinar

    We held a public consultation presentation and Q&A via Zoom to present our initial plans and answer any questions from the local community.

  • Autumn 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

    Rochford District 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 presented our initial plans and answered questions live from the local community via Zoom on Tuesday 14th September. This was recorded and is available to view along with the slides from the presentation below. If you have any questions that were not addressed during the webinar or would like to discuss further please do let us know.

We would also be happy to arrange a meeting, either in person or over the telephone so, if you feel this would be useful, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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:

• Suitable landscape between railway and busy A road

• Good existing screening with an ability to screen further through tree and hedgerow planting

• Onsite powerlines

• Next to Rayleigh’s electricity substation where we have a grid connection

• Opportunity to boost biodiversity

• Close to the town which can benefit from clean renewable energy

• Excellent levels of solar irradiation in this part of the country

To see the location on Google maps click here.

Indicative site layout shown on the image to the right – click to enlarge. Overall site area of 59ha with approximately 33ha proposed for the solar development itself.

We are now collating feedback from local residents to further shape our design. Please do contact us on the details below.

9400
equivalent number of homes powered every. year

Stated figure is calculated using BEIS ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2019’ (latest publish Dec 2020) which reports an average domestic consumption per Rochford District Council Household of 4117 kwh 

9939
tonnes of CO2 saved every year

Calculated using the UK Government Gas Conversion Factor, BEIS, 2020 of 0.2773 Tonnes Carbon/MWh. NV Calculations based on the PV Syst generation report for the proposed layout

13590
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

View our frequently asked questions by clicking on the button below.

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