Local authority: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Location: Situated on land between the village of Ulley and the M1 (between junctions 31 and 32) within the existing Penny Hill wind farm boundary
Postcode of nearby property: S26 3YF
Electricity generating capacity: Up to 5MW
Panel height: Up to 3m
Land used by solar panels: c6 hectares (c15 acres)
Current land use: Agriculture
Lifespan:23 years in operation (in line with Penny Hill Wind Farm lifspan)
Decommissioning: All infrastructure will be removed with the site returned to farming land
Grid connection: No new grid infrastructure will be required as the solar farm will utilise the existing substation used at the Penny Hill wind farm
Delivery route: There will be no heavy goods vehicle movements through Ulley during the construction of the solar farm
Footpaths / bridleways: No closures or diversions
Community Fund: Additional £1000 per megawatt – equating to £5,000 per year for the full life of the project
Maximising the existing infrastructure: The existing Penny Hill Wind Farm access tracks will be used to reach the solar farm. No new grid infrastructure will be required as the solar farm will use the existing wind farm substation
Background: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s Planning Committee unanimously supported the proposals and planning permission was granted in November 2015. We are currently exploring what options are now available for construction of the project to commence

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