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Statkraft announces new solar energy farm in Mid Suffolk

22 Mar, 2021

Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, is evaluating land to the south of Tye Lane, near Bramford, Mid Suffolk for the development of a new solar energy farm – Greybarn solar energy farm.

  • Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, is today (22nd March 2021) announcing a new solar energy farm in Mid Suffolk.
  • Greybarn solar energy farm is located on land south of Tye Lane, near Bramford sub-station.
  • With a project of 41.5MWp of solar capacity proposed, the site would generate over 42 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. This could power nearly 12,000 homes.
  • Alongside the solar panels will be a 55MW battery, which will work with the solar panels to provide a more flexible and functional renewable energy facility.
  • The solar energy farm has the potential to create local jobs and supply contracts, make significant contributions to local business rates, improve ecology and biodiversity at site and support local projects and causes through an associated community benefit fund.

Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, is evaluating land to the south of Tye Lane, near Bramford, Mid Suffolk for the development of a new solar energy farm – Greybarn solar energy farm.

The land identified is north of Bramford sub-station in fields between the sub-station and Tye Lane. It has been carefully chosen for its proximity to the sub-station, for its potential to deliver high levels of solar-powered electricity to the grid and to find the best fit in the landscape.

With a project of up to 41.5MWp proposed, the 49 hectare site would generate approximately 42 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power nearly 12,000 homes via an array of solar panels mounted on the ground. Statkraft also propose to install a 55MW battery at the site which can store the electricity from the solar panels, for use later on, as well as be used to provide support services to the National Grid.

Subject to planning approval, Greybarn solar energy farm has the potential to create local jobs and supply contracts during the construction, operation and maintenance phase of the build, and contribute business rates to the local Council. In addition, Statkraft solar farms include many features to enhance local plant, animal and insect populations, including new or restored hedgerows, wildflower planting, bird and bat boxes and habitat for bumblebees; making this a great opportunity for local wildlife.

Chris Banks, UK Business Development Manager says: “We are excited about the economic and environmental benefits that Greybarn solar could bring to the local community, while supporting Suffolk’s carbon reduction targets as well as the national effort to tackle climate change”.

He adds, “We want the local community to be involved in the process leading up to any planning application being submitted and will be asking for their feedback and views. We will be sharing our plans with the community via our project website and online exhibition”.

Under normal circumstances Statkraft would host a resident information day about the project in the local community. Because of COVID 19 restrictions we can’t do this face to face at the moment. The information is instead being provided online so that people can read and download it at home. The outline proposal is now available at the project website – the online exhibition will be open at the end of March.

Anyone wishing to provide feedback about their thoughts and views on the proposal can do so in the following ways:

Via the project website survey: www.statkraft.co.uk/greybarnsolar
Email: greybarnsolar@solarcentury.com
Call: 0207 549 1299
Write to: Greybarn Solar, Solarcentury, 90 Union Street, London SE1 0NW

f you are a local supplier or contractor who would like to register their interest in supporting the project longer term, you can leave your contact details at the online survey. Visit the project website for more details.

Any feedback should be submitted to Statkraft in March and April 2021, so that it can be included in the pre-application consultation analysis and help inform the final plans.

For further information

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Torbjørn Steen
Vice President Communications