Swimbridge and South Molton solar plans approved

Joseph Bulmer

Council planners agree to 178 panel array at Swimbridge and 16 panels at Mole Valley Farmers.

PLANNING permission has been granted to install 178 solar panels on land at a farm near Swimbridge.

North Devon Council has approved plans for a two-row photovoltaic array at Higher Kerscott Farm, which would generate enough electricity to power an estimated 14 homes.

The array would cover approximately 950 square metres and the rows themselves would be a maximum of 2.6 metres high.

An underground cable would connect the array to the national grid and the facility would have a life span of 25 years, with the conditions of planning permission stipulating it be removed after that time.

The application was submitted on behalf of E-Tricity Limited, based at Wadebridge in Cornwall.

Mole Valley Farmers at South Molton has been given planning permission to install 16 solar panels on the roof of its retail store.

The photovoltaic panels will be fitted to the premises at Pathfields Business Park because the company says it was keen to develop its sustainable energy credentials and reduce its carbon footprint.