EDF Renewables is planning to develop a 49.9 MW solar farm, Glassthorpe, between Flore and Upper Heyford, which will be capable of generating enough low carbon electricity for 9,562 households annually
Amongst growing concern about climate change, the 49.9 MW project at Glassthorpe could contribute to saving around 21,598 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
The project will also deliver significant additional local benefits, including a community fund of £10,000 paid annually for the 35-year lifetime of the project.
Existing hedgerows on site will be retained and new ones created as part of EDF Renewables’ plans to improve biodiversity, which include planting trees and new wildflower meadows on once agricultural land.
Residents near to the site are being contacted by post and members of the public are encouraged to visit EDF Renewables’ Glassthorpe website for further information, to register for live online events and to provide feedback.
The public consultation closes on 5th July 2021 and EDF Renewables intends to submit a planning application to West Northamptonshire Council later this year.
Accelerate a net-zero future
EDF Renewables’ head of development Stephen Walls, said: “This is an excellent site for a solar farm, as it’s suitably sunny, with an agreed grid connection, and the area is well screened.
“EDF Renewables is an experienced developer and we are firmly committed to solar as a technology that will help us accelerate a net-zero future where clean energy powers our lives.
“If we secure planning permission, investments like these will also contribute to the UK’s green economic recovery from Covid–19.
“We look forward to hearing the views of local people.”