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The existing sun farm at Carlton Farm, North Walsham. A possible second solar farm could be built nearby, on the other side of the A149 road pictured, near the recycling tip at Sandy Hills. Picture: MIKE PAGE.
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A second sun farm could be built on the edge of North Walsham.
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.