Solar energy plans unveiled in Rotherham

Lewis Stokes, development relations coordinator of Banks Renewables, with a visitor to the Penny Hill solar project event
Lewis Stokes, development relations coordinator of Banks Renewables, with a visitor to the Penny Hill solar project event

A renewable energy firm has showcased plans for a new solar energy project on a wind farm in South Yorkshire.

Banks Renewables plans to install a 5MW solar photo voltaic scheme on the Penny Hill wind farm site near Rotherham.

Local residents attended an open event at Ulley Village Hall where they could view the proposals and ask questions.

The solar scheme site would be located on the spot furthest away from Ulley, and its layout would mean the scheme would not be visible from most of Ulley nor from nearby Brampton.

Lewis Stokes, of Bank Renewables, said: “How we generate the energy that we all use to power our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals in the future, and how we increase the proportion that is produced via renewable means are significant challenges facing the UK.

“We believe this is an excellent location for a scheme which would enable us to increase the amount of clean, green energy we produce at the Penny Hill site, and we will keep all interested parties up to date with the progress we make on developing our planning application.”

If the project goes ahead, the existing ‘community benefits’ fund which is linked to Penny Hill wind farm would be increased from £20,400 per year to £25,400.

The money is ring-fenced for use within the parishes of Aston, Thurcroft, Treeton, Ulley and Whiston, and already has seen grants totalling over £40,000 made in support of organisations including The Friends Of Ulley Country Park, Swallownest Bowling Club, The Maelstrom Explorer Scouts, Ulley Sailing Club and The Ulley Millennium Trust.

n See www.banksgroup.co.uk/penny-hill-solar