JBM secured planning permission from Swindon Borough Council for a 50MW solar and battery storage scheme in June 2020. This is the second of a large portfolio of post-subsidy solar/storage generation projects that JBM plans to build in the coming years.
This project will provide enough low-carbon electricity to power the equivalent of 17,655 homes’ annual energy needs. It will make a valuable contribution towards meeting the Government’s long-term net zero targets. The resulting economic investment and ecological enhancements will also benefit the local area.
Once commissioned, this project is expected to be operational for 35 years. The solar farm will involve temporary (albeit long-term) change-of-use for the land. However, in addition to generating clean energy, the project will be capable of continued agricultural use during operation, with small livestock able to graze the land amongst the panels.
The Corner Copse project will provide a valuable community benefit, with a commitment to help fund the provision of broadband in the local village of Stanton Fitzwarren. The project will also make an annual contribution to the budget of the local parish council.