Plans for 52 hectare solar farm near two villages

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A 52 hectare solar farm providing enough power for about 5,520 homes could be built on a site near two villages.

The facility on farmland 1km north west of Ingham and 1.2km north east of Culford would include 108,000 solar panels and 
generate about 26,100 megawatt hours of electricity annually.

Plans for the development have been submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council by Gamma Solar Ltd, based in Madrid.

The proposals also include 20 inverter buildings to convert electricity, a substation, access tracks and a 2.5 metre high security fence.

A planning appraisal sent to the council said power generated by the farm ‘would be sufficient to meet the annual average electricity needs of about 5,520 local homes or about 12.1 per cent of the homes in the St Edmundsbury district’.

It adds that the proposal would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 11,200 tonnes.

It is expected that the solar farm would operate for 30 years, according to application and environmental documentation.