Atlantic Array opportunities for Yelland solar scheme

Joseph Bulmer

Designers explore possibilities of creating North Devon renewable energy centre par excellence

EXCITING opportunities are already presenting themselves following the launch of proposals for a �40 million solar complex at Yelland and make it a premier centre for renewable energy in the UK.

The architects of the DuneZed solar panel farm, holiday village and factory development are exploring the possibilities of linking the former power station site scheme with the �4 billion Atlantic Array offshore wind farm.

If an agreement is reached it would mean the design offices and technical management of the wind farm would be based within the Yelland complex and provide further investment and jobs for North Devon.

The full details, technical specifications and images of how the DuneZed scheme might look are now available to view and comment on at

The project would see acres of solar panels atop 30 foot high canopies, sheltering holiday accommodation created within sand dunes to blend into the scenery, landscaped facilities plus a photovoltaic solar panel factory, visitor centre and showroom.

There would also be a water taxi service ferrying visitors to various points in the Taw and Torridge estuary. A later phase would seek to create a 110-bed “Velotel” for walkers and cyclists.

The zero carbon project is the brainchild of renowned architect Bill Dunster OBE, who is keen for the people, businesses and organisations of North Devon to visit the new website to see the plans and add their own comments or ideas.

“Please do make sure you visit the site and add a comment,” he said, “as we will then be using those in the new year to help shape the proposals further.”

Mr Dunster said the possibilities of working with the Atlantic Array were still in the very earliest stages, but could include offices on the Yelland site plus a public exhibition centre and fast response boats based at the jetty.

“North Devon will want jobs and opportunities relating to the Array,” he added.

“We want to show that renewable energy really works for everyone and the Atlantic Array is an important part of the story. It’s a good use of the site and really fits in with the tourism potential.”

The zero carbon vision for DuneZed would see visitors arrive and leave their cars for a week, making use of the water taxi service to take them to numerous points in North Devon.

The project co-ordinator is Barnstaple tourism consultant Tom Evans, who added: “The Atlantic Array Exhibition Centre and the DuneZED Solar Panel Showcase will complement each other admirably and help confirm this site as the alternative energy centre for North Devon.”

An exhibition on the DuneZed project can be seen in the window of the Barnstaple Rotary shop in Boutport Street, directly opposite Butchers Row.

People are also urged to visit to view all the information on the project and numerous images, as well as to submit their own views or ideas.