March 11 2014 Latest news:
Friday, February 21, 2014
This aerial shot offers a birds-eye view of the 72-acre solar farm taking shape on farmland off the A149.
Work on the Nova Scotia solar farm, on fields between Caister and Ormesby, started in November but has picked up pace in recent weeks.
When it is finished there will be around 1,000 panels capturing the sun’s energy and converting it into electricity to power local homes.
Primrose Solar Holdings, the firm behind the development, said there will be 59,000 photovoltaic cells at the 14mw farm.
Nicola Waters, project manager, said: “We are nearly finished and looking to connect the site up to the grid on March 23.”
Ms Waters said it will be up to the landowner how the space around and in between the panels is used, but farmers will often continue to grow crops and graze animals on fields shared with solar panels.
The company estimates the solar farm will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4,161 average UK homes with energy consumption a year and save 7,264 tons of CO2 annually.
“Construction has run very smoothly and we are extremely happy with the quality of workmanship and the results of this project,” added Ms Waters.
The solar farm was granted permission in July last year.
At the time Filby Parish Council objected to the proposal saying it would be a “serious blot on the rural landscape at West Caister.”
Members also raised concerns about “hordes of sightseers” causing traffic problems on the busy route close to the main road.
The solar panels are expected to have a life-span of more than 25 years.