Features & Benefits.
Tonnes of CO2 prevented per year*
Family homes powered per year*
Trees offset per year*
Car reduction per year*
* Statistics shown are equivalent values based on the potential energy produced from the proposed Low Farm Solar Farm development.
It will assist Kirklees Council’s climate emergency declaration made in 2019 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to align with local, national and international targets.
The Council’s vision is to make Kirklees completely carbon neutral by 2038.
The project will contribute to the UK’s urgent need to transition to a low carbon future by producing renewable energy to enable energy security and self-sufficiency in the local area.
A solar farm is minimally invasive and allows land to lie fallow which delivers wildlife, soil quality and ecological benefits.
Compared to arable farming, a solar farm can provide the land with multiple uses. Solar farms can support a biodiversity net gain by providing an overall increase in natural habitat and ecological features which will allow flora and fauna to actively thrive.
This is a temporary development and a successful planning consent would require the land to be returned to its current condition.
A solar farm has an average life span of 35-40 years.
No existing Public Rights of Way will be blocked or diverted to accommodate the development.
The proposed development will use bi-facial solar modules. Bi-facial modules absorb the sunlight from both sides as opposed to just one. Therefore, they can convert the light that is reflected behind the panel to increase the total energy production.
The anticipated construction period will be approx. 6 months.
Local highway restrictions will be followed and HGV routing will be agreed with the Highway Authority, avoiding minor roads and villages where possible.
The photomontages show a visual representation of the solar array upon installation. Please note that this is indicative only.
Net Zero by 2050.
According to the UN, climate change is the ‘defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared’. We have to create more renewable energy.
The UK Government has committed to reducing economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
In addition to this, the Government had made a legal commitment to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. This will require a rapid and expanded deployment of low carbon power, including solar.
We recognise the importance of environmental protection and betterment as part of our commitment to operating sustainably and responsibly. We procure independent qualified ecologist advice to measure the biodiversity value of each project, and to design enhancements to deliver a net biodiversity gain. At our solar farms, this generally results in improvements to natural habitats for a range of invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and birds.
Arable land is generally intensively farmed which can have an adverse impact on soil quality over time. The transition to grassland, introduction of areas of meadow around the external fencing and sheep grazing allows the soil quality to improve. This also provides suitable habitat and food sources for wildlife throughout the food chain. Significant benefits are also gained through the eradication of fertilizer and pesticide use, advancing the quality of both land and waterways.
Low Farm Solar Farm has been assessed using an industry standard methodology and concludes that the development will result in an onsite net increase of 94.8% in biodiversity units and 32% increase in hedgerow units. This is well above the generally accepted minimum of 10% (which is expected to become a national policy requirement in the near future).