Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 23rd March 2023 Issue no. 1057
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New solar farm to provide Devon waste treatment works with 30 years of clean energy
A new solar farm is set to provide clean energy for a waste treatment works in Devon for the next 30 years.
The 16.5-acre farm in Brixham will provide 2MW of power for the adjacent treatment works and will feed back into the grid any surplus energy generated.
Torbay Development Agency identified the site for a solar array proposal following Torbay Council’s recognition of the benefits of supplying sustainable renewable energy to an adjoining high energy user. Significant ecological benefits and landscape enhancements formed part of the scheme approved too.
Planning permission was secured by property consultancy Fisher German, whose Victoria Heath, the planner, says of the project:
"This is a fantastic result for the area. The plan we produced was able to reassure Torbay's planning committee that the impact of the solar farm would be minimal, preserving important archaeological remains on site while providing valuable green energy to the adjacent water treatment works.
"We also included landscape and ecological enhancements in our plan, resulting in a gain in biodiversity on land where bats are known to roost in hedges..
"We are so pleased to have secured this permission and that these panels will make a telling contribution to green energy provision in Torbay for the next 30 years."
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