East loughborough solar Farm, Loughborough, LE11 1ST

The East Loughbourgh Solar Farm is located on just over 48 hectares of grade 4 land approximately 1 kilometre to the east of Loughborough.

The project is made up of 10 fields, which most recently have been used for grazing of cattle and sheep. Sheep will continue to graze the fields once the solar farm is operational.

The solar farm will produce enough power each year to supply approximately 8,250 homes, using Ofgem’s Typical Domestic Consumption Values, and will help to diversify a local rural farm businesses. Additionally it provide over 2.6M tonnes of CO2 savings over its over its operational lifespan.

The panels will be a maximum of 3 metres high and there will be a 3.5m wide crushed stone internal access track formed through the site. The proposed site design includes up to 20 inverter kiosks, a 33kV substation, switchgear and a storage container. There will be a 2m tall post and wire deer fence with CCTV cameras for site security.

It is envisaged that it will take approximately 4 months to construct the solar farm. Construction traffic access will be taken from the A60 (Nottingham Road).

Comprehensive landscaping and biodiversity enhancement / mitigation measures will be proposed as part of  planning permission request, including new hedgerows, elevated breeding planks under panels for birds, wildflower meadow planting, log piles for invertebrates, hedgehog homes, stag beetle buckets, insect homes, bat boxes and bird boxes.

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Site Specific Details

Designations

The site location is outside any specific planning designations, and it not located in or adjacent to any National Park or an Area of Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Land Grade

Covering 10 fields, the land is Grade 4 agricultural grazing land.

Flooding

The site area is located within a Flood Zone 3 area. The detailed site design will be completed to mitigate and minimise any impact of the project deployment with regards to this classification.