Menear Solar Farm

Development of a Hybrid 17MWp Solar PV and 5MW BESS at Menear Road, Treverbyn, Trethurgy, Cornwall, PL25 3JT.

Anesco Limited is proposing to development a Hybrid 17MWp Solar PV and 5MW BESS site on 47 acres of land at Menear Road, Treverbyn, Trethurgy, Cornwall, PL25 3JT. The proposal involves the construction and operation of a Solar and Battery storage installation that will connect into the local electricity network, comprising solar modules, solar inverters, battery cabinets and associated works, including landscaping.

Further detail on the proposed development is set out below

System design details

Total Installed capacity: 17.51MWp
Declared net capacity: 14.43MW
Number of modules: 28942
Transformers: 6
Battery capacity: 5MW

The plans and maps are available here


Consultation Information

Committed to engaging with the local community, Anesco are hosting a Public Consultation in September 2023 to allow residents to express their views.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 12th September 2023

Time: 2pm – 6:30pm (Drop-in sessions)

Location: Treverbyn Parish Council Office, Rockhill Business Park, Stenalees, St.Austell, PL26 8RA

For more information please email [email protected]


Climate change emergency

In June 2019, the UK government became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. What this means is that by this date, the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions will be carbon neutral, creating a better environment now, and for generations to come.

Carbon neutral is about finding a balance between the total greenhouse gas emissions being produced, and the total emissions being removed from the environment. This commitment to becoming carbon neutral is a substantial increase on the UK’s previous target and comes at a time when pressure is building on governments to recognise and take urgent action in light of the climate emergency.

About solar technology

Solar is the most popular renewable technology in the world and is an incredibly clean source of renewable energy. Unlike other renewable technologies, solar panels have no moving parts and therefore operate silently. They are also low in height and can be hidden behind hedgerows or fencing, minimising the visual impact on the landscape.

The Menear Solar and Battery Storage Project

The energy produced from the proposed solar farm at Menear solar and battery project is equivalent to the amount of energy expected to power approximately 2,558 average UK homes and result in an approximate saving of 2,264 tonnes of carbon dioxide (equivalent) emissions per annum. Projects of this kind also present biodiversity enhancement opportunities.

The site is not located within an AONB (Area Outstanding Natural Beauty), National Park or other designated landscape area.

The solar farm would be set back from residential properties, which would limit views of the development within the local area. A full landscape and visual impact assessment is currently being formulated and will be submitted as part of the planning application. It is anticipated that further planting and hedgerow re[1]enforcement will be put in place.

Biodiversity enhancements

The RSPB ‘State of Nature Report’ highlights the severity of the decline in British wildlife. It details that of the 8,431 species that have been assessed using regional Red List criteria, 15% have been classified as threatened with extinction from Great Britain. Climate change is driving widespread changes in the abundance, distribution, and ecology of the UK’s wildlife, and will continue to do so for decades or even centuries to come.

Solar farms present an excellent opportunity for biodiversity. The proposed solar farm will be installed on piles with minimal disturbance to the ground. The solar panels have no moving parts and the infrastructure typically disturbs less than 5% of the ground. The posts upon which the panels are mounted take up less than 1% of the land area. Because panels are raised above the ground on posts, more than 95% of a solar farm field area is still accessible for plant growth and potentially for wildlife enhancements. The proposed solar farm would have a lifespan of 40 years which is sufficient time for appropriate land management to yield real wildlife and biodiversity improvements within the local area.

A site-specific biodiversity plan will be devised to cover the lifetime of the proposed solar farm, working closely with the ecologists, and conservation organisations to ensure that the biodiversity enhancements are most appropriate to the local area.




Click here to provide your comments.  All comments should be submitted by 29th September 2023.


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