Green light for 49.9MW Norfolk solar farm

A solar farm that can generate 49.9MW of energy, which is one of the UK’s largest, has been approved for build in Norfolk.

Planners at the two district councils of North Norfolk and Broadland gave the project the final green light last week.

The plant would be built on the site of the former RAF Coltishall airfield, now an economic development area known as Scottow Enterprise Park owned by Norfolk County Council.

It will be built in two separate phases, with the first phase expected to reach completion by the end of March next year. That would allow it to qualify for the renewable obligation certificate before that support mechanism switches to contracts for difference for larger solar farms. The county council said the two phases of the project had the potential to generate £10 million for the authority over its 25-year lifetime.

Leader of Norfolk County Council George Nobbs said: “The decision by both councils is a Christmas present for the Norfolk taxpayer and good news for the environment as well.”

Leader of North Norfolk District Council and portfolio holder for economic development, Tom FitzPatrick, said: “We welcome the decision to give the go-ahead to build one of Britain’s largest solar farms at the Scottow Enterprise Park. It’s an extremely positive step forward and we look forward to it being a catalyst for further investment and development at the site and the creation of more jobs in the area for the benefit of the local community.”

Leader of Broadland District Council Andrew Proctor added: "This development reflects two of our key ambitions of delivering economic success and environmental excellence. So we are delighted that the planning committees of both councils agreed to approve the development."

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This article has been adapted from an article published in Solar Power Portal.