Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal at Whessoe, north of Darlington with a capacity of up to 49.9MW (Megawatts). Burtree Lane Solar Farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of over 14,000 homes, saving around 10,900 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
Darlington Borough Council has declared a climate emergency and this solar farm will help in the quest to net zero and decarbonisation of the UK’s energy system.
Burtree Lane Solar Farm will not only increase the supply of clean power but as solar is the lowest cost form of new energy generation it will also help to reduce national power prices.
It offers a number of benefits locally with increased biodiversity proposals and a community benefit fund of £350 per MW per year (index-linked), for the lifetime of the solar farm. This could amount to £17,500 a year for 40 years or £700,000 in total, used locally for social and environmental projects. We are also offering educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm.
As a local business, our solar farm will be contributing over £80,000 in business rates to Darlington Borough Council every year.
Further details on the proposal and frequently asked questions can be found further down this page.
November 2022: Planning permission was granted by Darlington Borough Council.
On the 6th July we held a Pre-Planning Public Consultation Webinar and Q&A session event where we outlined our plans and answered questions live from the community.
Design Finalised and Planning App Submitted. We will consider all community feedback from the Public Consultation before finalising the design, ready for submission.
Planning Permission Granted
2024: Construction is anticipated to commence
Stated figure is calculated using BEIS ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2019’ (latest publish Dec 2020) which reports an average domestic consumption per Darlington Borough Council Household of 3352 kwh
Calculated using the UK Government Gas Conversion Factor, BEIS, 2020 of 0.2773 Tonnes Carbon/MWh. NV Calculations based on the PV Syst generation report for the proposed layout
Estimated figure calculated using an average mileage of 9435 miles per year (MOT data from RAC Foundation) and an average power consumption of 2,887 kWh (Electric Vehicle Database 2021)
Listening to the views of the local community is very important to us and your feedback has helped shape our design. We presented our initial plans and answered questions from the local community via a Zoom webinar on Tuesday 6th July.
The recorded webinar can be found below and the slides can be viewed by clicking in the useful links to the right. Following consulting with local residents, we have added more tree belts in the southern corners of the site for additional screening purposes.
This webinar was presented to the local community and interested parties regarding Burtree Lane Solar Farm. The presentation was delivered by Aura Power and followed by a Q&A session. Viewers are invited to submit their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been undertaking several environmental and visual surveys to help inform our design. Our proposal offers a number of ecological and local benefits as well as continued agricultural use, with sheep being able to graze beneath the panels.
Our aim is to design the solar farm appropriately and as sensitively as possible to the surroundings whilst maximising the generation of clean energy.
Indicative site layout shown on the image to the left – click to enlarge.
This site has been carefully selected due to:
We are proud to be a business member of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust who make incredible efforts to increase the populations of bumblebees in the UK.
Your feedback is very important to us. Please leave a comment and one of our project team will get back to you as soon as possible.