Aggregate Industries proposes solar farm at Newbold Quarry

Aggregate Industries proposes solar farm at Newbold Quarry

The proposal to develop a solar farm forms part of Aggregate Industries’ commitment to reduce the carbon emissions associated with the construction materials it produces. Countrywide the company is developing a number of renewable energy projects with a target of generating 25% of the energy the company needs from renewable sources.

The proposed solar farm, which would have a maximum installed capacity of 15MW, is being progressed with Aggregate Industries’ renewable energy developer partner, AGRenewables Ltd.

The solar panels are proposed to be installed on land within the quarry site that has already been extracted, infilled and restored. The proposed fields have been restored to pasture and would continue to be managed as a wild flower meadow throughout the life of the solar farm. Low carbon electricity generated from the solar panels in the first phase of development will feed directly into the on-site grid infrastructure providing power direct to the quarry operations. Any electricity not used by the quarrying operations at Newbold will be ‘bought back’ by Aggregate Industries under a power purchase agreement to help reduce the overall carbon emission associated with the company’s wider operations throughout the UK. This site is one of a number of renewable energy sites being progressed by the company together with AGRenewables.

Tim Claxton, Aggregate Industries’ Senior Estates Surveyor at Newbold Quarry commented today, “We are very pleased to announce our plans for a solar farm at Newbold Quarry and look forward to the first generation of low carbon electricity reducing the carbon emissions associated with the quarrying operations here.”

“As a company we are committed to sustainable construction and the solar farm at Newbold will help our company reduce the carbon footprint of our operations.”

Tim Claxton said, “Although we looked at the feasibility of siting a wind turbine at Newbold, it became clear to us that we had the space required to progress a solar application which had the capacity to generate more energy at the site. In addition, the areas we have chosen to develop with AGRenewables are well screened, will have no impact on quarrying operations at the site and have no impact on our approved restoration plans.”

Aggregate Industries is proposing a two-phased programme to deliver the solar farm that would see a planning application for the initial 2.2MW installation being submitted to Staffordshire County Council in November. This would be followed by a second application for phase 2 early next year. For more information on the proposals, to post any comments you may have or to sign up for project updates, you can visit the project website www.aggregatesolarnewbold.co.uk. Alternatively you can also contact the project team via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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