Green light for 15MW solar farm in Somerset

The Marksbury Plain Solar Farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 4,700 homes annually

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Plans to develop a new solar farm with a capacity of 15MW in Somerset have been given the green light.

The Marksbury Plain Solar Farm, which will cover 24 hectares of land, was approved unanimously by Bath & North East Somerset Council planning committee last week.

The project, being developed by Renewables Connection in partnership with European Energy, is expected to generate enough electricity to power up to 4,700 homes annually and have a lifespan of up to 40 years.

It is also estimated to reduce 304,000 tonnes of carbon emissions – equivalent to taking more than 176,000 cars off UK roads every year.

Ed Perrin, Head of Development at Renewable Connections said: “We are delighted Bath & North East Somerset Council have granted consent for Marksbury Plain Solar Farm. The Council declared their own climate emergency in 2019 and solar is one of the cleanest, lowest cost forms of energy available and it can be quickly deployed.

“Throughout the project development we engaged with local people and the feedback received helped shape the final design of the solar farm, which includes proposals to greatly enhance the biodiversity of the area, creating new habitats and offering food and shelter to wildlife.”