It will assist Staffordshire County Council’s ambition to produce zero carbon emissions across the borough and to deliver a completely carbon neutral borough by 2050 to align with local, national and international targets.
The project will contribute to the UK’s urgent need to transition to a sustainable, clean future by enabling energy security and self-sufficiency in the local area.
Compared to pastoral farming, solar farms can support a biodiversity net gain by providing an overall increase in natural habitat and ecological features. Whilst there is an initial change to the countryside, the unmanned solar array and proposed planting scheme will fast become a haven for wildlife, producing a 10 – 15% biodiversity net gain.
Solar arrays are minimally invasive and allow land to lie fallow upon operation. A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) is undertaken by a qualified, independent surveyor to mitigate any effect on the landscape. Extensive design work has been conducted to ensure that the array will have a minimal visual impact on the landscape by using natural shielding methods.
The proposed array will allow us to install up to 10 new electric vehicle (EV) charging points on the site. Not only will they be predominantly powered by renewable, green energy sources but it assists with the continual growth of the EV network and positively impacting further to the 2050 net zero targets.
The anticipated construction period is approximately 3 - 4 months. With little to no impact on the local highways.