Greybarn solar energy farm
We’ve been evaluating land to the south of Tye Lane, near Bramford, Mid Suffolk for development of a new solar energy farm.
This site has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver solar-powered electricity to the grid based on, among other factors, agricultural land grade and visual impact.
With a solar project of 41.5MWp proposed (and 55MW battery), the 51 hectare site would generate over 42 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. This could power over 14,500 homes.
The project, known as Greybarn, is in the early stages and we plan to share more details with you in the coming weeks. Below are some outline details, including a location map that shows the approximate field boundaries for the solar energy farm.
Renewable energy – targets and benefits
In June 2019, the UK government amended the Climate Change Act of 2008 and set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Their aim: to set a world-leading target that will bring to an end the UK’s contribution to climate change.
Greybarn solar energy farm could be another step in the energy transition, preventing over 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, and producing enough clean, renewable electricity for over 14,500 homes.
The project intends to deliver other benefits – a community benefit fund, business rates contribution to the local economy, the potential of local supply contracts up to £ as well as enhancements to local biodiversity, with long term habitat management being a big part of our plans.
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Finding a suitable location for a solar energy project is a careful balancing act. This proposal is located on farmland off Tye Lane, outside the town of Bramford. Surrounding it are ﬁelds, private properties and farmsteads and nearby are the villages of Flowton, Burstallhill and Burstall. This image shows the approximate location.
This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes considering designated areas, land grade and levels of solar energy. Local electricity grid connections have been analysed to identify where there is capacity to receive the amount of electricity being produced. A multitude of surveys have or are being carried out, such as ecology, landscape and flood risk to assess the lands suitability for solar energy farm use.
Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and the leading developer in the European solar market. Having acquired solar pioneer Solarcentury in November 2020, our highly skilled development team operates across 12 countries with a 10GWp pipeline.
Our vision is a world that runs entirely on renewable energy. We believe that renewable energy can power every industry, every business, every community, every home. It can power progress. It can power possibilities. For us to meet growing energy demand, keep our planet’s temperature below breaking point, and close the gap for nearly one billion people in the world who still have no access to electricity, renewable energy can’t be part of the solution - it must be the solution.
When developing a project, Statkraft manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to submission of a planning application, to ﬁnancing, construction and operation of the solar energy farm. We will engage with the neighbouring communities in advance of submitting any planning application, and we welcome community suggestions and views.
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Your questions answered
Removing such features goes against the environmental improvements we hope to achieve at the site. We intend to work with the existing land and leave gaps for trees, ponds and hedgerows that are already there with buffers where advised by our ecology partners. We will be undertaking a detailed tree survey to identify the condition of the trees on site and where a tree is not considered to be in a good or safe condition it may be removed.
Solar panels produce energy from daylight rather than sunlight, so they continue to produce electricity even when the weather is overcast. With the addition of batteries on site, any electricity produced during the day can be stored and used at any time whenever it’s needed; day or night.
Have your say
We encourage your feedback as early in the planning stage as possible to ensure we have considered all points of view. There are a number of ways you can contact us if you’d like to give feedback.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us: 0207 5491299
If you are a local supplier or installer of equipment that the project may need, please register your details using the survey above.