20MW Dorset solar farm gets green light

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British Solar Renewables Ltd has announced it has secured planning permission for a 20MW solar farm close to Bournemouth International Airport.

When complete, the project on land attached to a waste management facility is estimated to provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 5000 homes.

The 120-acre solar farm will incorporate solar panels mounted on steel frames and arranged in rows with a total maximum height of 2.9m.

British Solar Renewables says it has also developed a long-term landscape and environment strategy for the site which includes native hedgerow planting to further minimise visual impact, encourage biodiversity and complement the existing mature landscape features.

Angus Macdonald, managing director at British Renewables, said: “We are very thrilled to have received approval for this project. Not only does it offer an opportunity to generate significant clean energy for the area, but also to balance this with encouraging biodiversity.”