West Sussex solar farm gets green light

A solar project in West Sussex that is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes has been granted planning permission. The 4MW solar farm, which will […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A solar project in West Sussex that is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes has been granted planning permission.

The 4MW solar farm, which will be located at Tangmere Airfield, will cost £4.1 million to build and is estimated to pay for itself in less than 10 years.

West Sussex County Council expects to earn more than £10 million over 20 years through the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme by selling the generated electricity to the National Grid.

Michael Brown, Cabinet Member for Finance said: “By investing in solar and other renewable energy sources, we will reduce our carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels and support the growth of a thriving low carbon economy with opportunities for Sussex businesses and the local workforce.”

Planning permission has been granted for 25 years, which will allow the site to return to its natural state if it is no longer needed as a solar farm.