New Billingshurst solar farm will be ‘cost effective’ for area

Inazin solar farm Five Oaks Billingshurst mock up SUS-150824-140155001

Inazin solar farm Five Oaks Billingshurst mock up SUS-150824-140155001

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As the council gives the green light to another solar farm in Five Oaks, developer Inazin tells the County Times about the benefits it will bring.

Last Tuesday (August 18), Horsham District Council delegated approval to install ground mounted solar arrays on land at Five Oaks Farm in Stane Street, Billingshurst.

James Hartley Inazin, solar farm Five Oaks Billingshurst project SUS-150824-140143001

James Hartley Inazin, solar farm Five Oaks Billingshurst project SUS-150824-140143001

James Hartley is the head of planning at Inazin Ltd who has been fronting this project for more than a year.

“Solar is a fantastic technology and a simplistic way of generating power in terms of efficiency and cost reduction.”

Mr Hartley said it is a misconception that solar panels need to be under blue skies or in direct sunlight to work.

Commonly, the electricity we use is sourced from up and down the country. This can include power stations located abroad, depending on the amount of usage that day.

He said: “Our schemes do not plug into the national grid, it plugs into the local network so the power gets used locally.

“As a result we will always have a source of power near by which just improves our resilience to power outages.”

The plan was ultimately delegated for approval by the council’s planning committee.

Mr Hartley explained: “What they occasionally do is resolve to delegate pending on one or two minor points.”

This included no burning of materials on site and work can only be undertaken at designated times. Mr Hartley added: “We have developed 22 projects across the UK and some are nine times the size of this one.”

Inazin is expecting to start development before the end of this year.

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