Construction of the second and final phase 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 started. The work will involve 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. Around 70 people will be employed during the construction phase, which should be completed by the end of March.
The completion of the near 50MW solar farm will generate income for Norfolk County Council in excess of £10m over 25 years, and by providing onsite electricity generation the solar farm will provide a catalyst for additional economic investment into the County-owned Scottow Enterprise Park in advance of it becoming an Enterprise Zone on April 1st. The solar farm, one of the largest in the UK, will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 12-15,000 homes, with a CO2 saving of nearly 20,000 tonnes per annum.
The start of the second phase of the solar farm comes nine months after the first phase (c32MW – see picture attached) entered commercial operation; it was officially opened by the Leader of Norfolk County Council, Councillor George Nobbs, on April 17th 2015.
Colleen Walker, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Economic Development Sub-Committee, said: “Once the second phase of the solar farm is complete, the County Council will generate income in excess of £10m over 25 years, with this money reinvested in the Enterprise Park to boost job creation, protect key heritage assets at the site, and open up public access.”
David Fyffe of the developers, Scottow Moor Solar Limited, said: “We aim to complete the second phase work by the end of March. We are working closely with the Enterprise Park to ensure that the solar farm can offer existing and future tenants secure and sustainable electricity on a long-term basis. And during the construction period, we and our contractors, Enerparc and ESM Power, will do everything we can to minimise disturbance and inconvenience to people living in Badersfield and the surrounding area.”
In order to reduce HGV traffic through Badersfield, Scottow Moor Solar will use the route to and from the site that was agreed last year with Norfolk County Council: traffic will use the main entrance to the Enterprise Park and exit via the eastern side of the airfield. Additional guidance will be given to the HGV drivers and the haulage companies, and there will be signage on local roads to ensure that traffic movements flow smoothly and safely. Over the next fortnight (January 25th to February 5th), there will also be some temporary road closures and restrictions in and around Sloley to enable an underground cable connection to be laid between the solar farm and a nearby UKPN sub-station.
For further information:
Scottow Moor Solar – www.scottowmoorsolar.co.uk
Paul Taylor – 020 3170 8466 / email@example.com
Norfolk County Council
Media Team – 01603 228888 / firstname.lastname@example.org