The Frome Valley Solar Project

Development of a 21MWp solar farm off the land at Stoke Edith, Herefordshire, HR1 4HG.

Anesco Limited is proposing to develop, construct, and operate a 21MWp solar farm on approximately 75 acres of land, located at Stoke Edith, Herefordshire, HR1 4HG.

This development will support the UK governments pledge to end its contribution to global warming by 2050, benefitting the local and wider community now, and for generations to come.

The land at Stoke Edith is suitable for a solar farm because:

  • It’s close to a viable grid connection
  • Has suitable topography and ground composition
  • Sits away from heritage designations and features
  • Sits outside of any national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • Sits outside of any sites of special scientific interest
  • Will be set back from residential properties, limiting views for the development within the local areas

Furthermore, it is anticipated that planting and hedgerow re-enforcement will be put in place that will be managed throughout its lifespan.

Further detail on the proposed development is set out below

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Clean green technology

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generating circa 21,309MWh per annum

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saving c. 4,433 tonnes of Co2 per annum

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powering approximately 5,768 average uk homes

System design details

Total installed capacity

20.48MW

Declared net capacity

16.19MW

Number of modules

33,988

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Climate change emergency
About solar technology
Biodiversity enhancements

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.

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.

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