PV-storage scheme wins backing of local councillor

Mar 7, 2023 12:12 PM ET
  • Banks Renewables' proposal is for a 49MW solar and also 50MW battery project in South Yorkshire
PV-storage scheme wins backing of local councillor
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Banks Renewables' proposals for a solar as well as storage space project in South Yorkshire have actually won the backing of a local Rotherham Metropolitan Borough councillor.

Councillor Benjamin Whomersley (imagined) is supporting the planning application from Banks Renewables for its proposed solar and battery energy park at a 116-hectare site to the west of the Todwick Road Industrial Estate in Dinnington.

The Common Farm Solar Energy Park would relax three miles to the eastern of Banks' Penny Hill Wind Farm and also would have a set up capacity of as much as 49MW, together with a 50MW battery storage space facility.

Cllr Whomersley, who stands for the Dinnington Ward, believes that the long-term community enhancements that could be secured with the ₤ 2m benefits plan that would come as part of the project have actually led lots of local individuals to additionally take a positive view of the scheme.

As part of the business's policy of providing tangible benefits to the locations in which its operations are based, the project would additionally supply a yearly package of community benefits amounting to ₤ 50,000, or more than ₤ 2m with its life time, to sustain local community projects.

Cllr Whomersley stated: "I'm a solid supporter of increasing the use of renewable energy in satisfying our current and also future energy needs.

" This project would have a solid payment to make in this regard, while likewise bringing jobs as well as financial investment to the local area, and the benefits plan that belongs to it could be utilized to satisfy a wide variety of community improvement priorities for years to find.

" Most of the local people that I've talked with identify the positive impact that this funding would carry their community and they're straightened with it happening.

" The solar energy park couldn't remain in a far better place in terms of running out the method as well as I would significantly want to see these strategies progressing in the near future."

A detailed ecology and biodiversity method which would make certain the site supplies a net benefit in biodiversity to the local community likewise forms part of the Common Farm Solar Energy Park proposal, with the ground around and also beneath the solar panels being used to create a wildflower meadow

There would certainly also be enhanced planting of hedgerows, while part of the site will also be handled to urged Lapwings to prosper.

A battery electricity storage space system would certainly connect straight right into the Thurcroft electricity sub-station around three kilometres to the north of the site.

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