JBM Solar are proposing to develop a solar farm South of the Whitnash area of Royal Leamington Spa.
The project will generate enough renewable energy to power over 14,800 homes in addition to providing substantial ecological enhancements to the site, including the installation of bee hives, bird boxes and the creation of a 21 acres of wildflower meadow and scrub habitat.
Established in 2012, the JBM Solar team has a proven track record of developing solar farms in the UK and Ireland, with over 750MW consented.
JBM prides itself on understanding the views of local residents and constituents in order to improve the proposals based on local knowledge and input. Furthermore, a focus is placed on ensuring the biodiversity on-site is preserved, alongside the implementation of considerable environmental and ecological enhancements, resulting in a net gain of over 30% to be achieved.
Overall, the site comprises an area of approximately 230 acres, split across three land parcels, which will contain the solar PV panels, battery storage equipment, ancillary infrastructure, areas for landscape planting, ecological enhancements and biodiversity improvement, and internal access tracks. The development will generate enough electricity for 14,800 houses per annum and save around 371,000 tonnes of CO2. JBM have plans to plant up to 2 km of tree/hedgerow enhancement as well as the creation of 21 acres of wild-flower meadow and scrub habitat. Other features such as insect hotels, log piles, bird boxes and shelters will also be implemented.