Plans submitted for 29.7MW solar farm at Woolley, Wakefield.

Boom Power has submitted a planning application to Wakefield Metropolitan District Council for a 29.7MW alternating current (AC) solar farm at Woolley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The proposed solar farm covers a land area of some 128 acres (52 hectares) and will supply clean renewable electricity to the National Grid to offset around 7,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to the annual electrical needs of 11,700 family homes.

The UK and Wakefield District is at a time of climate emergency and there is an urgent requirement for renewable energy infrastructure. Woolley Solar Farm will support Wakefield’s climate change targets. Pledging to become a carbon neutral council by 2030, this scheme will contribute to their goal of deploying 120MW of renewable energy whilst on a national scale, halting the decline of nature in our country.

The proposed site has been carefully selected, taking into account solar irradiation levels and various environmental constrains, and will incorporate the latest best available technology that delivers greater levels of solar efficiency by utilising bifacial panels. Supporting the natural landscape, existing access tracks have been used where possible, the design is based around existing trees and hedgerows whilst additional native screening will be implemented to protect the character and beauty of the countryside and deliver a significant biodiversity net gain. Boom Power anticipates that construction of this scheme will take approximately 9 months to complete.

Boom Power recognises the importance of ensuring the local community benefits from this development and will be looking to make an annual contribution to a community benefit fund to support local initiatives that align with local energy, climate change, environment, ecology, and sustainability objectives.

Mark Hogan, Founder of Boom Power comments, “Woolley Solar Farm forms the last planning submission for Boom Power of 2023 bringing the total solar proposals submitted this year to a staggering 850MW, which sits alongside 714MWh of BESS, across England and Wales. I am unbelievably proud of the team for what we have achieved this year as we pave a green and hopeful future for the next generation.”

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