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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Second solar farm on the cards

PLANS have been revealed for a second solar and battery farm near Annan.

Green Energy International are proposing a 12MW development on a brownfield site next to the nuclear power plant.

It will also be just over the road from their 170 acre Jockstown Solar Farm, which was approved by the council last November.

The firm described the Chapelcross scheme as their ‘latest project in the fight against the climate crisis’ and said it will power the equivalent of over 4000 homes with affordable green electricity.

If approved, the solar farm would include both solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage (BESS) infrastructure.

The power produced there will not only be distributed through the local network but will also supply the former power station with eco-friendly electricity.

And they say it will have the potential to power the Chapelcross site during its decommissioning for the next 40 years.

A statement on Green Energy International’s website says: “Chapelcross Solar Farm was carefully chosen for its ideal conditions, including high solar irradiation levels, convenient access to the electrical grid, and minimal impact on protected environmental, archaeological, and landscape areas.

“In the lead-up to our final planning submission, we are committed to conducting thorough assessments to ensure the project remains environmentally responsible and minimises any potential effects on the landscape, heritage, and surrounding communities.”

The company is holding a public consultation event on their plans at Annan’s Corner House Hotel on Thursday May 25 from 12 noon. See page 30 for their advert.

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