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Greybarn solar energy farm

United Kingdom / Solar power / Project

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, helping meet regional and national renewable energy targets.

With a solar project of 41.5MWp proposed (and 55MW battery), the 49.5 hectare site would generate over 42 gigawatt hours of electricity each year. This could power nearly 12,000 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. The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership's (SCCP) local authority members have declared a 'climate emergency' and are committed to make Suffolk carbon neutral by 2030.  

Greybarn solar energy farm could be a step in this energy transition, preventing nearly 19,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, and producing enough clean, renewable electricity for nearly 12,000 homes.

The project intends to deliver other benefits – a community benefit fund, business rates contribution to the local economy, local jobs and supply contracts, as well as improvements to wildlife, with long term habitat management being a big part of the plans.

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Greybarn location map

Location

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.

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Why Statkraft?

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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Estimated timeline

  • 1 - Early public engagement

    March -May  2021

  • 2 - Assessments, surveys & reports

    Winter & Spring 2021

  • 3 - Planning application submission

    June 2021

  • 4 - Proposed construction

    Spring 2022

  • 5 - Proposed completion

    Autumn 2022

Online consultation

From 29th March a full online consultation space is available, where you can view further project details including access maps, layout diagrams, photographs, videos and more.



More details

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: greybarnsolar@solarcentury.com
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.

Your project developer

Chris Banks is the developer for this project. Don't hesitate to get in touch.
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Chris Banks
Development Manager
Telephone
0207 549 1299


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