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Rotherham could see solar farm in borough

A company in Rotherham is bidding to open a solar farm in the borough.

A haulage company is putting a planning application into the council in September to convert a 10-acre green site into a solar farm.

The land, which is owned by the company, would be used as a solar farm for 25 years if Rotherham Council grant planning permission.

Architect John Cawkwell-Stansfield said the site would provide the equivalent electricity for nine homes.

The solar farm would provide electricity to the company, John Fillingham Services, which owns the site, with the opportunity to earn money from the UK government's solar incentive schemes, selling surplus electricity to the National Grid.

'Do it right'

Mr Cawkwell-Stansfield said: "We want to do it right.

"The site is covered by hedge rows and can't be seen from a public highway so there is no intrusion or detriment to the local amenities."

The submitted plans include 20 south facing solar panels which range in height from 0.9m (3ft) to 1.5m (4.9ft) which will be surrounded by fencing.

The architect said the plan had gained support from the Campaign to Protect Rural England because of the lesser visual impact compared to other green energies, such as wind turbines.

The planning application is due to be discussed in front of the council's planning board on 15 September.

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