Big plans for new North East solar farm

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Lightsource BP have announced plans to develop a major solar farm in the North East. 250 acres of
land at Cowley House Farm, Thorpe Larches near Sedgefield in County Durham, is earmarked for the project.

The proposal is to build a 49.9MW capacity solar farm on the site, enough to power 13,000 homes
saving over 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The developers say their solar farms ‘are
designed so that they also act as a haven for local wildlife’.

In this case they also say a biodiversity management plan will be devised alongside the planning
application so that the development ‘enhances the site as much as possible for local wildlife, and
that native species benefit from planting, seeding and habitat creation’. The layout of the
development at the Thorpe Larches site will also mean that open grassland is left available for
agricultural purposes.

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