Hive Energy has secured planning permission for an 8MW solar farm near Catterall and Claughton-on-Brock off the A6 that will generate enough clean solar electricity to power 2,400 homes offsetting over 3,440 tonnes of CO2. In addition, the approval will generate a community fund of at least £20,000.
The low grade arable land at Westfield Farm that is designated for the solar panels is around 40 acres in size and will benefit from a biodiversity and enhancement plan which aims to improve the natural environment of the site.
Tim Purbrick, Commercial Director at Hive Energy said, “We develop all our sites in line with the Solar Trade Association’s 10 commitments guiding best practice in solar farm development. As part of this, we identify opportunities to enhance the ecological value of the land and implement a range of biodiversity measures that will work in harmony with the solar panels. So at the same time as generating clean energy for thousands of homes, the site will also be a boost to local wildlife.”
Once the panels have been installed, sheep will be brought back to graze beneath the panels while grass and wildflower mixes will be sown. Specific habitat areas with bird boxes and areas for the installation of beehives could be placed around the site.
The panels will be scarcely visible to passers by as they will be well hidden from view by existing hedgerows which will be further enhanced by additional native tree and hedge planting.The site will be returned to its former use at the end of its 25 year working life without lasting impact on the land.
Construction will start this summer and the site is expected to energise in the autumn.
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About Hive Energy
Hive Energy is an entrepreneurial British company that specialises in solar energy. Founded in 2010 by Giles Redpath, Hive Energy started life installing rooftop solar on barns and farm buildings. From here, it then began creating solar parks on brownfield sites and low grade farmland, and has established a strong track-record of creating clean and renewable energy for both urban and rural users.
Hive Energy is now one of the UK’s leading developers of solar energy on commercial rooftops and solar parks. It is also a member of the Solar Trade Association.
Britain gets as much as 60% of the solar energy as the Equator on average, making it a great place to harness the power of the sun. Solar panels are a reliable, silent way of making clean, home-grown energy that everyone in the UK can use.