25,000 solar panels ‘ready by 2015’
PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 June 2014
A 25,000-PANEL solar farm in Rooksbridge should be operational before the end of March next year, according to the company behind it.
Renewable developer Brilliant Harvest plans to get the Pill Road farm online before newly-announced steep government cuts to generation subsidies come into force in April 2015.
But stringent conditions, including a ban on work until September unless a survey for nesting birds is carried out, could yet put a spanner in the works of the projected timescale.
In total 25,460 solar panels will be installed at the farm, capable of generating 6.75MW, sufficient to power roughly 5,000 homes at full capacity.
Earlier this month, the project secured planning permission from Sedgemoor District Council, subject to a number of conditions, including the submission of a revised transport plan prior to any work commencing.
A spokesman for Brilliant Harvest told the Mercury: “For this project, the intention is to build and construct the development before the Contracts For Difference (CFDs) change so it will be covered under the existing terms, and the target is to have it connected before the end of March 2015.”
East Brent parish councillors had expressed concern over the plans at a meeting in April, and a public submission urging the council to refuse the application due to apparent contradictions with national approval for development was overruled.