A second sun farm could be built on the edge of North Walsham.

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Bristol-based TGC Renewables is in discussions with a landowner over a 5MW farm on a 10.2ha (25 acre) site between the Old Yarmouth Road and the A149 bypass.

TGC director Rob Denman said no decision had been made on whether to submit a planning application.

The site, to the left of the road leading to Hadfield Garden Centre and the Norfolk County Council Worstead recycling tip, could be covered with about 19,000 solar panels, generating enough power for around 1,000 homes.

A similar-sized 5MW farm, covering 30 acres, began operating at nearby Carlton Farm about a year ago.

It features 18,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels tilted at 35 deg to the ground, arranged in six meter-long (19.6ft) rows, standing about three meters (9.8ft) high.

8 comments

  • The National Farmers Union is always banging on about food security. Why aren't they speaking out about this?

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    Betty Swallocks

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Tis immoral while food prices shoot up, these rich big fat farmers cannot lose either way.

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Although I tend to agree with you, Mike, I would image the former suggestion is far more expnsive

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    weaversway

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • Two comments:- 1 These should NOT be sited on land which is suitable for food production, I think that more or less goes without saying. 2 The output will not be 5Mw as it's not daylight 24 hrs per day. So let's assume a 12 hour average day over the year. That's 2.5Mw. Now factor in 20% loss for poor light, rain etc so, in reality it's 2Mw. That's still a lot of electricity, and should be welcomed, these are silent, depending on location can be near invisible to most, no harm to wildlife, no sunlight flicker etc etc, so an infinitely more desirable option than wind power. In this area with the well recorded average wind, a 2.3Mw wind turbine as was "planned" for N Walsham would have an averaged output of just 400Kw, 0.4Mw. So to achieve this same output with wind would need 5 wind turbines, 383feet high! Now I know some will be against this solar plan, but, believe me it won't be anything like the fuss the wind option would create. Anyway, onshore wind will be impossible soon thanks the the planned removal of all subsidies......thank goodness!!

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    windup

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • The other big fat lot will probably steal these for their scrap.

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    nrg

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • An interesting project.... isn't such a development better on rooftops rather than taking up land that could be put to other productive use?

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    Mike

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

  • I have posted elsewhere about the appalling plans by Greater Peterborough council to place solar panels on 3000 acres of Grade One farmland at Newborough and Morris Fens. 3000 acres-Grade One best land in the country. Madness. However if I recall this North Walsham site correctly it is a small awkwardly shaped area and probably no better than Grade 2 land and catches the sun well. These solar farms should be going on land which would have been suitable only for grazing by sheep at best-eg reclaimed after quarrying or mining-and planned so the land around the panels can still be grazed. No doubt the RSPB would throw wobblies but one wonders whether the stoniest thinnest soils of Breckland would make good sites-I would have thought vast undisturbed sheltered areas would have provided good nesting and feeding opportunities for birds.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Betty-probably because it is a relatively small site hemmed off by the bypass, catches the sun, and maybe not the best land. They are making a fuss about Peterborough councils plan for a 3000 acre solar farm on land they own at Newborough and Morris Fens- 3000 acres of the best land in the country. I agree, solar farms should be on low grade land like some in Breckland and placed so the land can still be grazed,

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

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