UK-based renewables developer RES on Friday said it has filed a planning application for a 49.9-MW solar project located between the villages of Thoroton and Hawksworth in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands region of England.
If approved by Rushcliffe Borough Council, the company’s Longhedge solar farm would generate enough power to supply the annual use of about 15,200 homes, the developer estimates.
The design process has taken account of site surveys and assessments and feedback from local people and stakeholders, RES said. The project will allow for sheep farming together with the generation of electricity, will deliver recreational benefits by creating two permissive bridleways and will include measures to enhance biodiversity.
“Solar projects like Longhedge are quick to deploy, enable more energy to be generated domestically improving security of supply and contribute to Net Zero targets,” said Claire Chamberlain, development project manager at RES. She added that the proposal supports Rushcliffe Borough Council’s target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.