Aura Power is working on a solar farm proposal in West Cornwall, southwest of the village of Barripper. The project has been named Copper Bottom in reference to the area’s historic copper mining activity. Copper Bottom Solar Farm will be built without subsidy and would generate enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of around 7000 homes, saving around 7000 tonnes of carbon entering the atmosphere each year.
Cornwall Council was one of the fist local authorities to declare a climate emergency and has a commendable target to become carbon neutral by 2030.
Solar farms 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 over £10,500 a year for 35 years or over £350,000 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 Cornwall Council every year.
We recently held two public consultation events; one online and one in person. Thank you to everyone who attended.
We are now taking on board the feedback received to finalise our plans and aim to submit a planning application in the new year.
Further details can be found below.
Public Consultation. We held two public consultation events, online and in-person, to understand local feedback.
Design Finalised and Planning App Submitted. We will consider all community feedback from the Public Consultation before finalising the design, ready for submission.
Planning Decision. Cornwall Council will consider our plans and consult with statutory consultees and local residents.
Construction (If approved). If planning permission is granted we will begin construction no earlier than Spring/Summer 2023.
Estimated figure is calculated using BEIS ‘Sub-national electricity consumption statistics 2019’ (latest publish Dec 2020) which reports an average domestic consumption per Cornwall Household
Estimated figure calculated using the UK Government Gas Conversion Factor, BEIS, July 2021 of 0.2133 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)
Hearing the views of the local community is very important and its your feedback that will help shape our plans. We held two public events to share our initial plans and understand feedback from the local community. The online event was presented on Wednesday 24th November. The recording of the webinar and slides presented are available to view below.
We also held an in-person exhibition at Barripper Methodist Church on Wednesday 1st December. You can view the exhibition boards in the Useful Links box to the right.
Thank you to everyone who attended both events. We continue to welcome feedback either via our feedback form found at the bottom of this page or by getting in touch directly.
We are now taking on board the feedback received to finalise our plans and aim to submit a planning application in February 2022.
This webinar was presented to the local community and interested parties regarding Copper Bottom Solar Farm. The presentation was delivered by Aura Power and followed by a Q&A session. Viewers are invited to submit their questions to email@example.com
We have been undertaking several environmental and visual surveys to help inform our design so far. Our proposal offers several ecological and local benefits, along with 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 location shown on the image to the left – click to enlarge. The red boundary indicates the full site area and the blue shading indicates the area we are looking at for solar panels and associating infrastructure. Full details of the initial design, including the proposed tree and hedgerow planting will be presented at our consultation events.
We are inviting local residents to attend our consultation events and provide their feedback to help shape the design of the site.
This site has been carefully selected due to:
• The site is already relatively well screened with the ability to plant additional trees and hedgerows
• No environmental or landscape designations on site
• Secure grid connection into the electricity network
• Opportunities to boost biodiversity with species rich wildflower and native tree and hedgerow planting
• Excellent levels of solar irradiation in this part of the country
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.