A POTENTIAL NEW RAY OF LIFE AT FORMER RAF BASE AT COLTISHALL
Solar Farm proposed by Norfolk’s Red Triangle Energy
Public exhibitions to showcase proposal in Badersfield on September 12th and 13th
Red Triangle Energy, a Norwich renewable energy company, today announces its proposal to build a solar energy farm on land located within the former RAF base at Coltishall. The scheme will generate clean and renewable energy for up to 15,000 homes, and forms part of Norfolk County Council’s vision to develop the airbase for commercial use whilst protecting the site’s historic assets. Norfolk County Council has owned large parts of RAF Coltishall, including the open airfield, since January 2013.
Next week (September 12th and 13th) Red Triangle will host an exhibition in Badersfield to outline its solar farm proposal to people living in the village and the wider community. The exhibition will be held in the Battle of Britain Memorial Hall on Lamas Road in Badersfield:
Friday 12 September, 3.00pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 13 September, 9.30am – 1.00pm
The proposed solar farm would be built on the grass areas between the former runways (an area of approximately 250 acres) and would not require the removal of any buildings on the airbase. The solar farm would operate for 25 years at which time the land will revert to its original state or permission to extend its operation will be sought. Whilst the solar farm is in operation, the grass areas will continue as habitat for wildlife to flourish whilst the various historically listed buildings onthe former airfield (such as the blast walls and fighter pens) will be unaffected.
Richard Atkins, Managing Director of Red Triangle Energy, said: “The flat grassed areas between the runways make the site ideal for a solar farm. It will be well-screened by trees and buildings and
located a good distance away from local housing. Whilst Norfolk County Council wishes to see the scheme built, it does require planning consent from North Norfolk District Council and Broadland District Council. We will submit our application for a scheme of between 40 and 50MW capacity to both councils once we have fully considered the views of local people and completed our technical and environmental studies.”
As well as providing clean and renewable energy, the scheme will be a significant investment intothe local economy and provide a small number of jobs during its construction and thereafter its operation and maintenance.
Subject to planning and financing, and securing a grid connection, the solar farm would enter operation next year after a 4-6 month construction period.
For more information visit www.coltishallsolar.co.uk
Notes to Editors
- The solar farm will consist of panels arranged in rows 4 to 6 metres apart and would cover an area of approximately 250 acres on the grassy areas of the airfield. The rows will be aligned east to west and face south to maximize sunlight exposure. The panels will be mounted on “tables” with a tilt angle of around 25 degrees. They are mounted close to the ground and are fixed into position through piles driven into the ground. No concrete foundations are required and little excavation is therefore necessary. To enable the electricity that is generated to be fed into thelocal grid, small current inverter cabins will be positioned at a number of locations across the site. The site will be safeguarded by perimeter fencing.
- RAF Coltishall is a former RAF base which closed in 2006. In 2009, HMP Bure was constructed on part of the site whilst the former residential accommodation of the RAF base is now the village of Badersfield. In January 2013 Norfolk County Council purchased the remainder of the site, including the open airfield, and since then has been seeking to realise its vision for the site, including income generation, job creation and the protection of the site’s heritage assets.
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