A solar farm in the New Forest. Photo: Chris Ison/PA Wire

71-acre solar farm planned for land between Caister and Ormesby

Friday, January 25, 2013
8.08 PM

AN ENERGY firm is bidding to build a 71-acre solar farm on land between Caister and Ormesby.

Camborne Energy, which specialises in renewable energy, has briefed town hall bosses about its plans to establish the 14mw farm just off Nova Scotia Road, which the firm says will generate enough electricity to power approximately 4,200 homes a year.

The farm would be made up of dozens of photovoltaic cells that capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. The plot of land has been chosen as it is south facing and would provide a good link up to the national power supply.

In its literature about the farm Camborne says there will be “little visual impact on the surrounding area” thanks to screening provided by existing hedgerows and trees, and the farm would still allow for animals to be grazed on the land.

An outline of the plans was presented to councillors at this month’s planning meeting. Andrew Eagle, vice chairman of Ormesby St Margaret with Scratby Parish Council, went to the presentation.

He said: “We went on a fact-finding mission, asked some questions and got some answers,” he added. “At this stage it’s just a watching brief. “Our duty is for our parishioners to gather the facts so we can then give it a full and honest airing when it comes to our planning (meeting).”

He appreciated Camborne taking the time to brief the community but said it was too early to comment specifically on the farm.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council in the near future and Camborne have said it is likely to take 3-4 months to be determined. If passed construction would begin in the summer and take around 10 weeks to complete.

Once installed Camborne have said the panels would not generate any noise and would require minimal maintenance.

The solar farm is expected to have a life span of 21 years.