- Project Design
- Community Consultation
- Planning Application Submission
- Planning Application Decision
North Warnborough, Hampshire
Hybrid solar / battery storage
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Equivalent household power use
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Chosley Solar Farm, near Odiham in Hampshire is a 80 MWp capacity solar farm with on-site battery energy storage, developed in consultation with the local community and with a commitment to enhancing local nature and wildlife through additional planting and habitat creation.
Planning permission was granted by Hart District Council in November 2021 with the project set for construction in 2024. It will generate enough clean electricity each year to power 17,500 homes – equivalent to two in ten of the households in Hart District – and more than £6 million of funding for the local area across its 40 year operational lifetime. At the end of the project the land will be restored to agriculture use. The site consists of eight fields and is characterised by high hedgerows and ditches which provide good screening of the site from local footpaths and roads.
The design of the solar project at Chosley Farm includes a number of co-ordinated planting and wildlife habitat enhancements designed to boost biodiversity across the site.
Additional tree and hedge planting not bolsters screening of the site but also provides bird and bat roosting opportunities. Solar panels will be mounted on slimline frames – which cover just 2% of the site area – with the space around and under panels planted with a species rich wildflower and grass seed mix to encourage pollinators and other insects.
A dedicated nature conservation area will provide nesting for a range of native birds, including skylarks and barn owls, and mammals. Altogether, these enhancements will see a 35% biodiversity netgain across the site.
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