Eastfields is located in Deppers Bridge, Warwickshire. The solar farm will provide renewable electricity for distribution to the national grid. The planning application was granted consent in 2022 and construction is planned to begin in 2023.
Project key facts
35 MW of clean renewable electricity to the local grid
Equivalent electrical needs of approx. 14,000 family homes annually
Displacement of approx. 17,400 tonnes of C02 per year compared to non-renewable fuel
The development proposals for Eastfields solar site will deliver a predicted Biodiversity net gain of over 80%.
Temporary project lifetime of 40 years after which it will be decommissioned, deconstructed and the site will return to its previous use.
Site is designed with single-axis tracking system meaning the solar panels will track the sun's movement across the sky. This increases the overall efficiency of the solar farm and allows for greater energy production compared to fixed panels occupying the same area.
Biodiversity net gain
As well as providing clean renewable energy, our project will offer environmental benefits and biodiversity net gain.
Existing hedgerows and trees will be retained and allowed to grow for screening the panels. Through additional planting, including native species of hedgerows, we will encourage biodiversity as well as reduce any visual impact of the development.
Environmental initiatives include the creation of wildflower meadows; tree and hedgerow planting; and the installation of beehives, bat boxes, and bird boxes:
over 1 km of hedgerow planting
over 5 acres of wild-flower meadow
creation of 2-4 bee hives, to increase pollination in the area
Access and traffic management plan
A detailed Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP) has been prepared to demonstrate how the site will be accessed during the construction period. Once operational, the solar farm will not generate any significant traffic movements, with security and maintenance staff the only likely infrequent visitors.