Work on the final elements of Scottow Moor Limited’s solar farm, located on the Scottow Enterprise Park (the former RAF Coltishall airbase, 10 miles north-east of Norwich), has been completed and the whole scheme is now generating renewable energy into the local grid. The near 50MW solar farm is one of the very largest to be built in the UK and is generating enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 12-15,000 homes, with a CO2 saving of nearly 20,000 tonnes per annum.
The final elements of the solar farm consisted of four separate solar generating units, each connected and supplying renewable electricity to aircraft hangars that from part of the Scottow Enterprise Park.
Work on the four solar units started in January 2016 and involved the installation of more than 70,000 solar panels on land adjacent to the runways and aprons and new underground connections to the local UKPN electricity network. Phase 1 of the solar farm, owned and operated by Scottow Moor Solar Ltd (SMSL), was completed in March 2015.
The supplies to the hangar buildings on the Enterprise Park means that current and prospective tenants on the Park, who lease one or more of the hangars for commercial use, have a direct electricity supply from the solar farm and their electricity supplied at a reduced rate. The completion of the solar farm by SMSL also means that Norfolk County Council, the landowners of the former RAF base, will secure in excess of £10m in rental income from SMSL over the next 25 years.
David Fyffe of Scottow Moor Solar Ltd said: “We are delighted to have completed our solar farm. It’s been another monumental effort by everyone involved to get the work completed on schedule: our contractors and suppliers, as well as the teams at Scottow Enterprise Park and UK Power Networks. We hope that by providing onsite and sustainable electricity generation, the SMSL solar farm can help attract new investment into Scottow Enterprise Park.”
Colleen Walker, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Economic Development Sub-Committee, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the completion of the solar farm. This is a very exciting time for Scottow Enterprise Park, generating economic growth to the north east of Norfolk. With the provision of clean, renewable energy, this positive investment for the future shows Norfolk County Council’s long-term commitment to the Enterprise Park.”
Norfolk County Council
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