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Plans Approved For York Solar Farm

Big60Million has been granted planning permission for a 50 MWp (megawatt peak) solar farm near the villages of Raskelf and Easingwold in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire.

To be known as York Solar Farm, the new 215-acre facility will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 15,000 homes. Our development partner for the project is Luminous Energy, and the solar farm will be constructed by BELECTRIC UK.

The planning application won overwhelming support from the Planning Committee of Hambleton District Council. Although Hambleton is a large district — 500 square miles in area — the output of York Solar Farm will be equivalent to the energy supply of nearly one-third of the district’s 45,000 households.

Mike Rogers, Big60Million project development manager, commented: “We are delighted that our solar farm has been approved by such a large majority, and grateful to the local people who wrote in support. As this is a Big60Million community energy project, we will continue to give local people the opportunity to become involved and even to benefit financially from York Solar Farm.”

Big60Million was created to develop sustainable solar energy projects that help the UK meet its renewables targets and reduce reliance on fossil fuels, at the same time benefiting local people through community investment opportunities, educational programmes, and habitat improvements to enhance the local environment and biodiversity.