Renewable Connections, one of the UK’s leading solar and battery developers, is celebrating the approval of Marksbury Plain Solar Farm, in Somerset. The 15MW Solar Farm to the South West of the settlement of Marksbury, was approved unanimously by Bath & North East Somerset Council planning committee on the 29th June 2022.
- Solar farm approval heralds home-grown energy for up to 4,700 homes
- Marksbury Plain Solar Farm will generate up to 15 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy
- Unanimously approved by Bath & North East Somerset Council planning committee
- Construction anticipated to commence in 2023
The 15MW Solar Farm to the South West of the settlement of Marksbury, was approved unanimously by Bath & North East Somerset Council planning committee on the 29th June 2022. The project, which was recommended for approval, has been developed in partnership with European Energy (EE) and once operational will have a lifespan of up to forty years.
Marksbury Plain Solar Farm will make a meaningful contribution to the area’s energy needs by delivering green energy to up to 4,700 homes annually. Over the lifetime of the project, it could save an estimated 304,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted. This is around the same reduction in carbon emissions as taking over 176,000 cars off UK roads.
Ed Perrin, Head of Development at Renewable Connections said: “We are delighted Bath & North East Somerset Council have granted consent for Marksbury Plain Solar Farm. The Council declared their own climate emergency in 2019 and solar is one of the cleanest, lowest cost forms of energy available, and it can be quickly deployed. Throughout the project development we engaged with local people and the feedback received helped shape the final design of the Solar Farm, which includes proposals to greatly enhance the biodiversity of the area, creating new habitats, and offering food and shelter to wildlife.”
The scheme will cover 24 hectares of land and is located within the Bristol and Bath green belt. Construction of the solar farm will involve the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels, which convert sunlight directly into renewable electricity.
For more information go to: www.marksburyplainsolar.co.uk