Solar farm plans for Burton Latimer submitted

Plans for a huge solar farm which could provide enough energy for more than 6,000 homes have been submitted to Kettering Council
Plans for a huge solar farm which could provide enough energy for more than 6,000 homes have been submitted to Kettering Council
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Plans for a huge solar farm which could provide enough energy for more than 6,000 homes have been submitted to Kettering Council.

The plans, lodged by First Renewable, are part of a wider scheme to build a renewable energy park near Burton Latimer, which includes the existing Burton Wold Wind Farm.

Earlier this year, nine more wind turbines were added to Burton Wold in the first phase of the plans.

This second phase would see the construction of thousands of solar panels which could generate 19 megawatts of energy every year.

The plans cover a site of about 80 acres.

In their plans, First Renewable say: “The proposed solar farm will be linked to the local distribution network via underground cables.

“Kettering Council is seeking to co-locate renewable energy technologies and has identified Burton Wold as having the potential to achieve this.

“Based on this, and the initial selection criteria, the site was identified as having significant potential to accommodate a solar PV development.

“The operational lifespan of the solar farm is 25 years.

“Each phase would operate for a period of 25 years after which, all equipment and service roads shall be removed from the site and it will return to its former use.”

The existing wind farm generates about 34 megawatts of energy a year.

That is the amount of energy used by about 11,000 homes.

First Renewable says the scheme, which includes the wind farm extension, will result in about 400 construction jobs being created.

Matthew Byrom, president of First Renewable, said: “Kettering Energy Park has the capability over time to entirely satisfy the requirements for heat and power of Kettering; matching production with consumption from low-carbon, renewable sources.”