Aura Power Gains Approval For 30MW Solar
UK developer Aura Power has secured planning consent for a 30MW solar project in Worcestershire, in England.
Wychavon District Council approved a planning application submitted by Bristol-based Aura Power for the development at Bishampton, near Pershore.
Construction is expected to begin no earlier than the spring of 2022 and will take about three months.
Aura Power will notify the local community in advance when construction dates have been confirmed.
Aura Power said the solar farm will make a “substantial contribution” to the council’s Intelligently Green Plan 2020-30, which aims to reduce the district’s carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.
Aura Power UK development manager Chris Featonby said: “Bishampton solar farm will really help Wychavon in its commendable efforts to become Intelligently Green.
“It will deliver other long-lasting benefits, boosting biodiversity and ecology and ensuring the long-term viability and ongoing agricultural business of the landowner.”
Aura will also be setting up a Community Benefit Fund of £350 per MW, index-linked, per year, for the lifetime of the solar farm. This could amount to £10,500 a year for 35 years or over £367,000 in total.
In addition £1000 a year would be set aside for educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm, with the remainder being managed by the parish council and used for social and environmental community projects.