Solar farm for Cholderton APPROVED

Solar farm for Cholderton APPROVED

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:14am 29th April 2020.

2 minute read

The 231 acre site at Down Barn Farm got plenty of support from local residents and has now been given the go-ahead from Wiltshire Council.

Lightsource BP, who are looking to develop the solar farm, say the panels will provide enough electricity to power 13,000 homes in the UK.

It'll also save more than 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from getting into the atmosphere - which is the equivalent of taking 3,470 family cars off the roads.

Cholderton Solar Farm
The planning application included an artists impression of how the panels will be laid out at the Cholderton site

The plans also include space to sheep to continue grazing on the land.

Special consideration's also being made for birds nesting in the area, to ensure they're not disturbed.

Wiltshire Council had 25 letters in to them responding to the plans, with 90% of them in favour of the project.

Solar Farm
An example of how the solar farm might look against local countryside

Once it's been built, the solar farm would include: 

  • Solar PV Panels
  • 19 Substations
  • An Auxiliary Transformer
  • Two Storage Containers
  • A Monitoring and Communications Building
  • A composting toilet
  • Security fencing
  • CCTV

It's hoped the technology used on the site will be good for 40 years of solar energy production and will be shielded from view of local housing and the A303 by hedgerows.

Cholderton Solar Farm
A map showing where the solar farm will be built

Speaking when the plans were first unveiled, Conor McGuigan, Director of Business Development for Europe, Lightsource BP said:

"Solar energy is not only clean and renewable, but it also generates locally-produced electricity. This makes solar an important part of meeting the global rise in energy demand efficiently and more sustainably."

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