South Yorkshire wind farm’s solar energy plans put on public display

Banks Renewables' project manager Louise Allen and development relations coordinator Lewis Stokes.

Banks Renewables' project manager Louise Allen and development relations coordinator Lewis Stokes.

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Plans for a new solar energy project on the site of a South Yorkshire wind farm are set to go on show for the first time.

Renewable energy firm Banks Renewables is looking to install a 5MW solar photo voltaic (PV) scheme in the south east corner of its Penny Hill wind farm site in Rotherham, just west of the junction of the M1 and M18.

If the planning application is given approval by Rotherham Council, the existing community benefits fund linked to the wind farm, which is currently worth around £20,400 every year, would be increased by a further £10,000 annually.

Residents are invited to take a look at the proposals at an exhibition in Ulley Village Hall on Thursday, June 25, between 2pm and 7pm.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “The proposals we’re now putting forward would enable us to increase the annual amount available for local community improvement projects by almost 50 per cent, which would enable us to make an even greater positive difference to the area by supporting projects that local people want to see actioned.”

The part of the site where the solar scheme would be located has been chosen as it is the furthest away from Ulley. Project leaders say its layout would mean that the scheme would not be visible from most of the village or from nearby Brampton.

The proposed location has also been assessed as being the most ecologically suitable part of the site for such a scheme.

Banks is designing the project to allow for its existing grid connection on the Penny Hill site to be used for the new scheme.