Large scale Wind and Solar Installations
For purposes of our work, we consider (medium / large to) large scale installations to include all turbines taller than 85m or solar arrays larger than 6ha / 2MW in total. Smaller turbines may be considered as part of this category if in clusters of more than 3.
All of these installations would require planning permission and in many cases detailed ecological, landscape and visual impact assessment services. In some cases, Environmental Impact Assessment in accordance with the Town and Country Planning Regulations 1999 will be required (this would be advised by the local planning authority on a case-by-case basis).
CEC are ideally positioned to deliver high quality detailed surveys, assessments and reports relating to ecological, landscape and visual issues, including bat and bird surveys, generation of Zones of Theoretical Visibility, wireframes and photomontages using WindFarm or KeyTerraFirma, undertaking detailed site survey work, writing reports including Environmental Statements and co-ordinating the EIA process.
We have recently worked on a number of large scale solar PV installations (up to 5MW installations) for AEE Renewables Plc, 9 of which were submitted for and have received planning permission. Three solar parks were built prior to the cut-off point of the Feed-in Tariff changes, including projects in Devon and Wiltshire.
Relevant guidance for larger proposals can be found here:
- Scottish Natural Heritage various guidance – http://www.snh.gov.uk/planning-and-development/renewable-energy/onshore-wind/
- Scottish Natural Heritage Visual Representation of Windfarms Guidance – http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A305436.pdf
- Cornwall Council guidance on renewable energy – http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=25182
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