Trenches excavated as work set to begin at Dinnington solar farm

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Around 130 trenches have been excavated as part of preparations for building a new solar farm in Dinnington.

After being granted planning permission for the Common Farm Solar Energy Park last summer, to the west of the Todwick Road Industrial Estate in Dinnington, developer OnPath Energy (formerly Banks Renewables) has now completed an archaeological excavation on the 116-hectare site.

OnPath Energy says any items of archaeological interest will be catalogued and referenced in the final report that will be submitted to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

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The firm is expecting building work on the project to begin early next year and to take around 12 months to complete.

Members of the OnPath Energy Common Farm Solar Energy Park project teamMembers of the OnPath Energy Common Farm Solar Energy Park project team
Members of the OnPath Energy Common Farm Solar Energy Park project team

Strengthening work has also been carried out on thedrainage channels across the site following the completion of the investigation work.

The Common Farm Solar Energy Park will have an installed capacity of up to 49MW, enough to meet the average annual electricity requirements of up to 18,800 family homes.

Jill Askew, senior project manager at OnPath Energy, says: “Making a detailed recording of the archaeological and geological history and constitution of all our proposed development sites is an important part of the planning process.

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“The independent team of experts we appointed have conducted a thorough assessment of how this land is composed, and we’re looking forward to seeing what their investigations reveal.

“The Common Farm Solar Energy Park will bring a wide range of direct environmental, energy security and community benefits bring to the local area, and will further increase the contribution that we’re able to make towards helping the UK meet its crucial net zero targets.”

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