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    Approval received for Renewable Connections Tregonning solar farm

    The 50MW Tregonning solar farm construction plan submitted by Renewable Connections has been approved.


    Following a community survey, the design for the 49.9MW project was presented to Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee in January 2022.


    On January 16, elected officials authorised the solar farm, which is located close to Quintrell Downs, Cornwall, on the proposal of council officers.


    Over its lifetime, the project will eliminate more than 1.1 million tonnes of CO2. A Green Infrastructure Plan’s adoption will also greatly improve wildlife and biodiversity, with a net gain in biodiversity of 80.25% for habitat units and 42.34% for hedgerow units.


    Photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight directly into sustainable electricity, will be installed as part of the development of the solar farm, which will be spread across 89 hectares of land.


    Construction might start, according to the business, in 2024.


    The Development Director at Renewable Connections, John Leith, said “Tregonning Solar Farm will make a valuable contribution towards Cornwall and the UK’s ambitious climate change targets.”


    “We are very proud of the site and the use of exceptional design to integrate significant ecological enhancements, renewable generation, and agricultural productivity. The feedback from council officers, statutory consultees and local people throughout the submission process, and the support of the landowner, have been invaluable.


    “We are very pleased that further to the environmental and biodiversity benefits of the proposal, the land will remain in agricultural use with a grazing license existing on the site for sheep to graze in panel areas.  There will also be cereal cropping on approximately 25 hectares of the site, enabling the continued production of food, and support for ground nesting birds such as skylark.”


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