The first phase of Scottow Moor Limited’s solar farm, located on the former RAF Coltishall airbase (10 miles north-east of Norwich), is now up and running. It was constructed in just 7 weeks, making it one of the very quickest large-scheme builds in the UK and Europe.
Consisting of more than 130,000 ground-mounted solar panels on either side of the runway and new underground connections to the local UKPN electricity network, the first phase of the project has involved more than 250 people. Scottow Moor Solar Limited, led by David Fyffe, used the services of Enerparc to lead on the main construction works and ESM Power dealing with the electrical connections.
Proposals for the second phase of the project, approximately 18MW, are to be brought forward in the autumn of this year under the Government’s ‘Contract for Difference’ subsidy regime.
The Scottow Moor solar farm was officially opened today by the leader of Norfolk County Council, Councillor George Nobbs. The County Council owns the former RAF base which is now known as the Scottow Enterprise Park.
The solar scheme will generate income for the County Council in excess of £10m over 25 years, once both phases are complete. The Council has agreed that this money will be reinvested in the Enterprise Park to create jobs, and bring forward proposals to open up public access. In addition, the community will benefit from the £25,000 heritage contribution made by the developer to the local council.
David Fyffe of the developers, Scottow Moor Solar Limited, said: “We are delighted to have our solar farm generating renewable electricity for the local area. It’s been a monumental team effort from everyone involved and at every stage of the project to deliver the project on time and on budget. It demonstrates how well the public and private sector can work together to mutual benefit.”
Leader of Norfolk County Council George Nobbs said: “This is just the sort of sound investment that we are looking for and always encourage. We are guaranteed income over the next 25 years, but not only this, the scheme is creating cleaner energy and saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.”
Bev Spratt, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Economic Development Sub Committee, said: “I’m pleased we have now reached this stage. The fact the solar farm took just 7 weeks to construct and connect to the grid is a fantastic achievement by all involved in the project.”
Notes to editors:
An aerial view of the solar farm at Coltishall can be accessed via https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3k9ymaqton4rhgj/AAD_WryzX2qUXJzhj4tGkghHa?dl=0 (if possible, please credit Mike Page Aerial Photography). Photos of today’s event will be available from the Media Team at Norfolk County Council.
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