Thursday, June 16, 2022

News: Plans for new Rotherham solar energy park


Plans for an innovative renewable energy generation and storage project in Rotherham.

Independent renewable energy firm Banks Renewables is developing a planning application for a new solar energy park on a 116-hectare piece of agricultural land to the west of the Todwick Road Industrial Estate in Dinnington, around three miles east of Banks’ Penny Hill wind farm at Ulley.

After undergoing a detailed land search, the Common Farm site was identified as having the best opportunity to create a solar farm that links directly into the nearby electricity substation.

The Common Farm solar project would have an installed capacity of up to 50MW, which would be enough to meet the annual energy requirements of up to 18,800 family homes and would displace over 11,470 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the electricity supply network each year.

A 50MW battery energy storage system linking directly into the Thurcroft electricity sub-station around three kilometres to the north of the site would also form part of the project and would help to support the long-term security of energy supplies to UK consumers.

As part of the company’s policy of delivering tangible benefits to the places in which its operations are based, at least £50,000 of the revenues generated by the Common Farm project would be made available every year as part of a package to support local good causes. This equates to more than £2m through the lifetime of the project.

A detailed ecology and biodiversity strategy is also being developed to ensure the site delivers a net benefit in biodiversity to the local community.

Banks Renewables is expecting to submit a planning application to Rotherham Council for the new scheme in the coming months, with a view to it being determined before the end of the year.

A leaflet containing comprehensive information on the project will be delivered to around 11,000 local homes in the coming days, while a dedicated project website has also been set up to ensure information on the scheme is easily available.

Banks Renewables is one of the leading owner/operators in the UK’s onshore wind sector and has a total of 11 operational sites across northern England and Scotland, four of which are in Yorkshire.

Lewis Stokes, senior community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “Maximising the production of renewable energy from domestic sources is a crucial part of the UK’s ongoing journey towards its Net Zero targets, especially within the current energy security climate, and the Common Farm solar scheme will further extend the contribution that we’re able to make locally towards reaching these goals.

“The project is located in an area that we know very well, and having conducted a detailed search, we identified this site as providing the best opportunity to create a solar park that links directly into the Thurcroft substation.”

Jill Askew, solar and flex project manager at Banks Renewables, adds: “As more sources of renewable energy are connected to the system, more innovative ways of storing the electricity they produce will be required.

“Peaks of energy demand usually take place in the morning and early evening, but this is not necessarily when renewable energy is being generated.

“The battery energy storage system at Common Farm would help to ensure reliable, stable and balanced electricity grid operation at times of peak demand and would support the UK’s continuing drive towards its Net Zero ambitions.”

Banks Group website

Images: Banks


Anonymous,  June 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM  

More blots on landscape!

Anonymous,  June 16, 2022 at 2:10 PM  

And coal powered power stations and coal mines weren't?

Anonymous,  June 16, 2022 at 3:34 PM  

Have they used up ALL 'brown field' sites before ruining agricultural land?

Anonymous,  June 16, 2022 at 4:49 PM  

I'd rather have this a million times over than the dirty big warehouse and the accompanying lorries at Hellaby

Anonymous,  June 16, 2022 at 10:37 PM  

Makes me wonder with all the in land being used for houses, warehouses and now these,where is food going produced for an ever growing population?Only a very very stupid country would build on it farmland,we should be as self sufficient as possible,with climate change and wars more likely,I can see food shortages not to far in the future,bad times ahead for our kids and grandkids!

Anonymous,  June 17, 2022 at 11:04 AM  

Yes got to agree,reminds me of what happened to to civilization that once lived on easter island,destroyed there resources leading to the end of there civilization.

Anonymous,  February 15, 2023 at 10:59 AM  

Yep that should never have been allowed if banks wants to provide us with solar panels why don't they put them on everybody's roof and leave farmland for farming

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