Akeman Solar Park

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Akeman Solar Park

British Solar Renewables (BSR) is preparing to submit a planning application to West Oxfordshire District Council for a solar park and battery storage facility area on land south of Ramsden, Akeman Street, Ramsden, OX7 3AY.

The solar park would have an approximate design capacity of 20 MWp. This solar park will produce enough clean renewable electricity to power 6,060 homes per year, a saving of 8,600 CO² *

The approximately 104-acre (42Ha) site will be located in a number of fields which are currently used for arable farming. In addition to having solar panels on the site, the proposal also includes a small energy storage component in the form of a 1.5MW battery. Biodiversity and landscape enhancement measures, such as the gapping up of existing hedgerows and provision of improved grassland, to ensure there is a minimal visual and environmental impact, will also form part of the scheme. It is proposed that access to the site would be provided using the existing access point on the junction of St Johns’ Lane restricted byway and Akeman Street.

* For every 5MW installed, a solar farm will power over 1,515 homes annually (based on an average annual consumption of 3,300 kWh of electricity for a house) and save 2,150 tonnes of CO2. Approximately 25 acres of land is required for every 5 megawatts (MW) of installation.

Location:Land south of Ramsden, Akeman Street, Ramsden, OX7 3AY
Technology:Solar PV (Ground mounted) & Battery Energy Storage
Size:20MWp design capacity of Solar PV & 1.5MW of battery energy storage
Land size (approx.)42Ha (104 acres)
DNO:Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)
Land Designation:Agricultural
Planning consent duration:Application is for 45 years
Planning submission date:Estimated December 2020
Planning Decision date:Estimated Early 2021
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