Second solar farm plan for village

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 August 2014

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A SECOND solar energy firm has presented its plans to install more than 30,000 solar panels on the outskirts of a North Somerset village.

Developer KWTN Solar hopes to install a park the size of 30 football pitches at Bowerhouse in Banwell, next door to another proposed solar development.

New Energy has already outlined plans for a 36-acre park, which could hold more than 52,000 solar panels, at Towerbrook Farm in Banwell to 
potentially create enough electricity to power 2,400 homes.

Plans for the second solar farm, which the company’s experts say could power 2,000 homes, have been submitted to North Somerset Council.

The 22-hectare site is made up of three segments of farm land connected by drainage ditches and rhynes. It would be accessed from Riverside Road or Havage Drove, and would take an estimated 14 weeks to build.

According to its design and access statement, KWTN Solar Ltd said: “The site was selected primarily for its flatness and the fact that there is a substantial level of existing screening provided by existing hedgerows, trees and vegetation.

“There are very few views into the site from the immediately surrounding area and long distance views are obscured by a proliferation of screening provided by existing trees and hedgerows both within and surrounding the application site.”

The proposals include 33,072 2.7m-high solar panels, seven substations and 1.8m-high security fencing along the perimeter with 4m-tall mounted security cameras.

The proposed development would be located in flood zone three, as defined by the Environment Agency, which means it has a high probability of flooding.

KWTN said: “The Environment Agency and Drainage Board have been consulted at an early stage to ensure that the design and layout of the proposed development minimise the risk of increased surface water run-off and the risk to the development itself from potential flood.”

The proposed development has a life span of 25 years, after which it would be decommissioned and returned to its original use.

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