Solar farm to be built at Pulborough
A solar farm is to be built at Pulborough after the go-ahead was given by Horsham District Council.
Council planners approved proposals last week to install more than 700 solar panels at Brinsbury College, part of the Chichester College Group, in Pulborough.
The college hopes that the photovoltaic panels will be in operation by early autumn with the campus expected to use around 95 per cent of the energy generated.
Chichester College Group chief executive Shelagh Legrave said: “The group is committed to improving our carbon footprint and using renewable energy to help power all of our campuses.
“The solar farm at Brinsbury will provide a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply to the campus, helping us to reduce our carbon emissions.
“This is the latest step in our ongoing commitment to creating more environmentally friendly campuses across all of our colleges.”
The panels will be installed by SAS Energy on a small, unused field lbehind a number of workshops
A total of 736 panels will be fitted, covering a 1,204sqm surface area. They should produce around 191,393 KWh per year, which is about the equivalent of the energy consumed by 51 houses each year on average.
It is also predicted that it will reduce CO2 emissions by around 67 tonnes each year.
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