British company Eco Sustainable Solutions has put forward a plan to construct a major solar power plant in the county of Dorset that will have the ability to power 1,000 local homes. The project is to be developed in partnership with the Dorset Country Council and Natural England, and will see 30,000 photovoltaic solar panels installed in a field currently used for turf cultivation.
The 30-acre 5-MW project will be known as Parley Solar Farm and will provide clean, sustainable energy to local homes, saving for more than 1,100 tons of carbon emissions annually. The field where the plant is to be constructed is near Eco Sustainable Solution’s Chapel Lane site and is surrounded by woodland and hedgerows that will act as natural barriers to protect the solar field. The solar panels are planned for placement on a frame and are no taller than 180 cms, directed south at an angle of between 30 and 35 degrees.
Trelawney Dampney, Eco’s Managing Director said, “Parley Solar Farm will be a first for Dorset, offering a low-carbon, renewable energy source. Climate change is the biggest issue facing the world at the current time. The establishment of Parley Solar Farm will represent a small step towards meeting the UK government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020.”
“Our plans are just at the proposal stage and we’re keen to hear the views of interested parties before preparing and submitting a formal planning application.”
However, Parley Solar Farm won’t just be a solar project (which is probably for the best given the UK climate), as the renewable energy farm will also seek to create power from anaerobic digestion and biomass facilities as well. If all the plans get the green light and construction is successful, then at full capacity, the project will be able to generate a total of 12-MW of electrical power.
Via Green Optimistic