Presentation announced on £30m solar farm plans

File pic of solar farm. Photo. N Chadwick.

The applicants behind plans for a £30m solar energy farm near Richmond have announced details of a public presentation for residents to find out more about the scheme.

The online event will take place on December 14.

The applicants said in a statement: “Ritchie Bland Energy and Harmony, together with planning consultants PWA Planning, invite the public to attend a consultation with the local community interested in the proposed solar development on the land south east of A6108.

“The session will be an initial 20 minutes presentation and then Q&A from attendees.”

Ritchie Bland Energy Limited and Harmony Energy Limited have submitted an application to Richmondshire District Council to install enough photovoltaic cells to enough to renewable energy to power more than 9,000 homes, between Richmond, Skeeby, Easby and Brompton on Swale.

Among the dozens of studies and documents lodged for the 69.5-hectare greenfield site south of Darlington Road, agents for the developers have claimed the installation would off-set up to 17,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

The application states: “Given the technology they intend to utilise, this could become one of the first UK subsidy-free projects and a major milestone in the fight against climate change.”

To register for the presentation, click here.