Solar farm could bring power to Thetford homes

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A solar farm could be providing energy for 10,000 homes in the Thetford area if plans are approved.

ReThink Energy Ltd has asked Breckland Council for permission to build the farm on a 70-hectare site in Brettenham.

The farm will save around 285,000 tons of CO2, according to ReThink.

If approved, the solar panels are expected to be installed by the end of winter.

Residents had raised fears that the farm could have a negative impact on local property prices.

But ReThink insist there is no evidence to support those claims.

A spokesman for ReThink said: “It’s a great opportunity to get the best from a well-screened segment of local land.

“We’ve worked hard with relevant local authorities to ensure that the environmental impact is positive and that the enhanced site will provide an important local refuge and feeding ground for rare bird species.”

The project will be privately funded but will also be state subsidised by the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC).