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King Charles plans for solar farm at Sandringham Estate

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A planning application has been submitted to develop a solar farm on the Royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.

If successful the plans will see the solar farm feature around 2,000 panels installed on 2.3 hectares of land, currently used as horse paddocks, providing a generation capacity of 2.1MW.

The power generated will primarily be used by the Estate, sent to the three principal power consumers – the Sawmill, Visitor Centre and Sandringham House itself – using existing infrastructure which will be upgraded/adapted where necessary as part of the project.

Once installed the solar farm will be largely hidden from the 500,000 tourists that visit Sandringham each year, as well as the surrounding communities, as a result of tall trees along two of the site’s boundaries.

According to the application, ‘the proposed development forms part of the Estate’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and promoting environmental practices and follows the installation of a small solar array to the roof of Sandringham House in 2022.’.

It goes on to add ‘the proposed array would help to address the energy needs of the Estate in a sustainable and carbon neutral manner.’.

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