Wroxham & Coltishall

Work starts on 70,000 solar panels at Scottow Park

Just Regional
Jan 25, 2016 2 mins read

Construction of the second and final phase of the solar farm at Scottow Enterprise Park (former RAF Coltishall), has started.

The work will involve the installation of more than 70,000 solar panels by Scottow Moor Solar on land adjacent to the runways and aprons and new underground connections to the local 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 in excess of £10 million over 25 years for Norfolk County Council and provide onsite electricity generation for additional economic investment into the enterprise park in advance of it becoming an Enterprise Zone on April 1.  The solar farm, one of the largest in the UK, will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 12,000-15,000 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.

David Fyffe, from Scottow Moor Solar, said: “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 25 to February 5), 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.

Scottow Solar Farm Phase 1

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