July 13, 2012
Proposed 25 MW Solar Park near North Petherwin, Launceston
Doing my due diligence on the proposed 224 acre solar farm south of Week St Mary I was puzzled by the fact that the application mentions that:
The site is in close proximity to another large scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic farm which will occupy land immediately to the south of Good Energy’s proposed site. This second scheme, proposed for development by Sun2Energy UK Ltd at Lower Wheatley Farm, is also a 25MW(p) scheme and therefore the potential for cumulative impacts is significant. Cumulative effects will be considered in detail by the specialist involved in assessing each of the above sub-headings.
After a bit more digging around on the Cornwall County Council planning search engine I discovered that there is indeed another proposed solar farm, which has been in the planning pipeline for rather longer than the one mentioned by the Western Morning News today. Despite a very different address and postcode the two solar parks are in fact of similar size, and right next door to each other. The developers of this one are Sun2Energy UK Limited, and in their request for a scoping opinion they refer to the site as "Canworthy Solar Farm". This one has now also been entered into our South West Solar hall of fame.
Interestingly if Sun2Energy have a functioning website I have been unable to locate it. A quick search on the Companies House website reveals that they filed notification of their new name on 7th June 2012, their share capital amounts to a grand total of one whole pound, and they have never filed any accounts. None of this inspires much confidence in their ability to successfully complete a project of this magnitude.
If the BBC are to be believed then the German company Kronos Solar are behind this venture. If that is indeed the case they are going about it in a less than awe inspiring fashion.
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