RES Group Seeks Permit for 30-MW Solar Park in England

Jun 21, 2024 12:24 PM ET
  • RES Group's Leaford solar farm in West Midlands aims to power 8,000 homes annually while prioritizing biodiversity and community feedback. A sustainable energy solution in the making.

RES Group has applied for a permit to build a 30-MW solar park with storage in the West Midlands of England. The project, named Leaford solar farm, aims to generate electricity for around 8,000 homes per year. The developer is seeking permission from the Stafford Borough Council for the construction of the plant on land between Stallington and Saverley Green in Staffordshire.

The project includes plans for biodiversity measures such as wildflower meadows, native trees, and hedgehog houses. RES Group has made changes to the original design based on community feedback, including reshaping the layout to address visibility concerns and repositioning the site entrance to prevent tree loss. If approved, the project could deliver a 74% net gain in biodiversity.

What measures is RES Group taking to enhance biodiversity at Leaford solar farm?

  • Planting wildflower meadows to support pollinators and other wildlife
  • Incorporating native trees to provide habitat for birds and other species
  • Installing hedgehog houses to encourage hedgehog populations in the area
  • Reshaping the layout of the solar farm to address visibility concerns and minimize impact on local wildlife
  • Repositioning the site entrance to prevent tree loss and protect existing habitats
  • Implementing measures to ensure a 74% net gain in biodiversity if the project is approved

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