Ashorne Solar Development

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.

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Key points

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National Benefits
  • Contribution to UK and international targets for net carbon neutrality.
  • Energy storage supports the integration of more renewables and supports the drive to decarbonisation.
  • CO2 savings of around 371,000 tonnes will be achieved as a result of the project, with enough energy generated to power over 14,800 UK homes.
  • Batteries can be utilised to reinforce the power generated by the solar farm, storing energy at times of low demand and releasing to the grid in periods of higher demand or when solar irradiance is lower.
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Local Benefits
  • Community benefit of a 50kW solar install for community buildings.
  • Creation of 80+ construction jobs with a capital investment of £40m.
  • Preservation and improvement of the bridleway within the site, with wildflowers and new hedgerow planted around the track.
  • 21 acres of wildflower meadow and scrub habitat created around the site to preserve local populations of bees and butterflies.
  • The proposed development would deliver at least several million pounds of revenue to the local authorities through business rates, providing direct economic and social benefits to the area.
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  • All trees, hedges and ditches will be preserved, in addition to the introduction of up to 2km of new tree/hedgerow planting and 21 acres of new wildflower meadow and scrub habitat.
  • Plans to install bee hives on site in collaboration with the Good Bee Co to raise awareness about bees and potentially offer educational programmes to local schools/groups, with the ability to interact with the hives/meadows.
  • Introduction of log-piles, bird boxes and insect hotels across the site culminating in a susbtantial 30% net gain to biodiversity.
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FAO Ashorne Solar Project 
RPS, 20 Western Avenue, Milton Park, Oxfordshire, OX11 7SL.

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