Low Carbon Alliance and Cheswell Grange began working in 2020, to develop Twitch Hill Solar Farm as part of a regenerative and environmental plan to respond to the climate emergency and commitments declared by Lillieshall Parish and Telford and Wrekin Council.
The project received planning permission in July 2022 for a solar facility that delivers clean, renewable energy to the grid, providing the equivalent electricity for approximately 5,750 homes per year, saving potentially 8,150 tons of CO2 emissions annually from power generation alone.
The Twitch Hill Solar Farm is on agricultural land between Lilleshall and Newport. The area has not been utilized for crops and will now be repurposed for the solar park. To maximize land use, sheep will graze the land beneath and between the proposed solar arrays.
In addition to clean, renewable energy, the project will provide nearly 3.5km of new hedgerow with further mitigation and enhancement measures in place. The proposed design includes a species-rich wildflower meadow as well as rewilding and strategic tree planting that will create new habitats for farmland and woodland bird species and deliver a significant biodiversity net gain across the wider site.
Chris Sparrow, Principal at Napier Park, comments, "We were pleased to have successfully completed the transaction with Low Carbon Alliance and Cheswell Grange. This acquisition aligns with our long-term business strategy of investment in sustainable green infrastructure and Twitch Hill Solar Farm is a valuable addition to our expanding solar and battery storage portfolio in the UK. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Ethical Power to ensure the highest quality build of the project and maximize the value of our investment."
Simon Crowe, Managing Director of Low Carbon Alliance, noted that, "We are proud to support our clients at Cheswell Grange by securing the sale of the solar facility as part of their regenerative and environmental plans, while delivering projects that support the UK's net zero targets."
The planned exit reflects the successful culmination of Low Carbon Alliance's partnership strategy for the Twitch Hill Solar Farm.
Neil and Susanna Harley of Cheswell Grange said, "We are delighted to have completed the sale of the solar facility on our property which will support the fight against climate change and help secure the businesses future for us, our children and our employees at a challenging time for farmers."