Northumberland Estates has received planning permission for a solar farm in Alnwick that could deliver up to 4 megawatts of renewable energy to local businesses.
The scheme at Alnwick directly contributes toward Northumberland County Council’s 2030 carbon-neutral goal by adding to the renewable energy priority action area set out in their 2021-23 Climate Action Plan. The estate has also begun delivering roof-top solar on its commercial buildings to reduce energy costs for occupiers in addition to battery energy storage systems and other ground-mounted solar developments.
Quotient Sciences has shown a desire to make use of the supply at their plant in Alnwick. Gareth Jenkins, Vice President of Science & Technology at Quotient Sciences stated: “We are pleased to be working with Northumberland Estates and welcome the opportunity to reduce our impact on the environment and support locally generated renewable electricity which will both reduce energy costs and contribute to the company’s carbon reduction plan.”
Mark Roberts, Renewables Manager at Northumberland Estates said: “We are delighted to have obtained planning permission for a solar farm in Alnwick. This development will supply renewable energy to local businesses adjoining the main town of Alnwick and supports the transition to a low carbon future in a changing climate.”
Through a progressive ecological and land management strategy that creates wildlife havens and wildflower grasslands that attract bees, butterflies, and birds, the development will produce a net gain in biodiversity. Some areas may be kept for the grazing of sheep.