Firm’s solar panels plan

MORE than 1,600 solar panels could be set up on the site of a food firm.

Bosses at Vion Food Group Ltd are seeking permission to install 1,062 solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of buildings at the Stanton hatchery.

They also want to set up a further 600 panels on land next to the site.

The installation is likely to generate 8.5 per cent of the site’s electricity demand.

A planning application has been lodged with St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

A design and access statement, drawn up by Oakapple Renewable Energy Ltd, said: “The proposed development will help diversification at the existing poultry hatchery bringing economic benefits.

“The agricultural sector within which the hatchery falls has experienced a number of challenges in recent years and diversification is one method of ensuring this economic sector survives.”

They added that the panels will generate 365,364 kWh of electricity per annum.

The hatchery currently uses about 4,277,113 kWh of electricity per annum.