Forrest Hills Solar Farm, Lancaster University, C Virtual Planit
The proposed solar farm would generate 16.8MW of power. Credit: Virtual Planit

Lancaster University plots course for 53-acre solar farm

Julia Hatmaker

A consultation on the scheme is open to the public. If completed as proposed, the site will have 36,000 solar panels.

Lancaster University estimates that the Forrest Hills farm would be able to generate approximately 16.8MW. That’s enough power to provide 60% of the school’s current annual electrical consumption. It would also offset the need for gas powered heating, according to the proposal.

The university said the solar farm would play a large part in helping the school meet its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The farm would be located by the Forrest Hills Conference Centre, just 400 metres east of the university’s Bailrigg campus.

Proposed plans also call for one solar PV farm sub-station to be built and several inverter stations.

CBRE is the planning consultant on the scheme and Optimised Energy is the designer. TEP is the ecology, heritage and landscape consultant. Hydrock is the consultant for highways, ground conditions and flood risk.

Atlantic Geomatics handles site surveys and Pager Power is on glint and glare assessment. Reading Agriculture wrote the agricultural land classification report. Virtual Planit made the visualisations.

Consultation on the solar farm project ends on 4 August. Responses to the proposal can be shared at lancaster.ac.uk/facilities/estates/solar-farm. Plans for the solar farm may be changed based on feedback received.

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