Birmingham-based solar developer, juwi Renewable Energies, has received planning permission to construct a 5.35MW solar farm in a flood zone.

The proposed solar farm will be sited in an area classified as a level three flood zone. In order to appropriately design the project for a flood zone, juwi commissioned a detailed flood risk for the site and the surrounding areas. As a result, the proposed solar farm uses taller posts for holding the modules to ensure that the project is still operational during extreme weather.

After an involved community consultation, the project was granted planning permission via delegated powers rather than being referred to a full planning committee. As part of the consultation, juwi is offering locals affected by the solar farm a community benefits package which will be used to improve local amenities.

The project is estimated to generate 5.3GWh of electricity every year, enough to power over 1,100 local homes.