Field of beams: 21,000 solar panels planned for Ottringham site
MULTI-MILLION pound plans to create the region's first solar park have been revealed.
Dodds Limited hope to install 21,000 solar panels near the Holderness village of Ottringham.
Should the £5m park be granted permission, it would create enough energy to power 1,385 homes.
Martin Bleasby, business development for the Driffield renewables specialist, said the plans were due to be submitted to the council today.
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He said: "This would be a first for Yorkshire – a landmark development. It could also be the first of many for the area.
"We are keen to work with the local community and will be providing more information in the future."
The proposal is for the creation of a 5MW solar park covering 13.8 hectares (34 acres) on agricultural land, which has been in arable production, at Patrington Road, Ottringham. The site would be 500m from the village.
Ground-mounted solar PV panels would be mounted on a steel frame, set in concrete foundations, on the site.
Mr Bleasby said: "It would not have much impact on the area as you would hardly be able to see it with the hedges.
"It would only be visible on a double-decker bus.
"The location is quite flat land, access is good and the grid connection is good."
Dodds is a family company of roofing contractors, established in 1995. More than two years ago they launched into the renewables sector.
The company recently announced plans for the region's first revolutionary renewables technology centre.
It is relocating its Kellythorpe business to nearby Bainton.
The move will complete a £500,000 investment in a new centre which will allow customers to view working examples of green energy technology, such as solar PV installations and biomass boilers.
Mr Bleasby said: "The business is going well and at the minute we are selling about 5,000 panels a month in commercial, agriculture and the domestic areas.
"It is very exciting times for us as a company with the Ottringham plans and the expansion in Bainton."
Letters have been sent to parish councils in the area about the plans for a solar park.
Councillor Arthur Hodgson, who represents the South East Holderness ward for East Riding Council, said: "I met with the developers about the plans.
"Solar panels are better than wind turbines and maybe more effective.
"It is an awful lot of panels and quite a lot of land for 5MW.
"I would urge residents to seriously look at the plans and decide if it is worthwhile loss to the countryside prior to making their decision."
Work could start on the site in January, if the company is granted planning permission.