Technical specification and construction of a solar mounted panels:

The technical specification of PV panels and ancillary equipment will accord with the dimensions approved in the planning application.

Construction of a 10MW project, from commencement to connection, will take approximately 4 months.

Once operational, the project will only require infrequent visits to site for maintenance purposes.

Detailed planning section:

The planning application process is a staged process. Initial site analysis takes the form of a Planning Synopsis, where the sites’ chances of success evaluated and considered against existing policy and constraints. If it is considered the proposal would have a good chance of success, the scheme is considered against existing legislation (principally the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011). If necessary the project is then formally ‘Screened’ and ‘Scoped’ by the Local Planning Authority (LPA).

If the LPA decide the development would not require an Environmental Statement (ES) (this I established in their adopted Screening Opinion), preparation and progression towards the submission of a planning application can commence. The Screening Opinion timeline from submission to adoption is 3 weeks.

If the LPA reply stating the development would require an ES, a formal Scoping Opinion is submitted, which will outline what is proposed to be contained within the ES (this will need to accompany and support the planning application).

At this point consultation is undertaken by us in accordance with the Localism Act 2011.

On receipt of the adopted Scoping Opinion from the LPA, the requisite consultants are commissioned with reports produced forming part of the ES.

On completion of all the requisite forms and reports the planning application (and if necessary the ES) are submitted to, and validated by, the LPA.

If the planning application doesn’t require an ES, the timeline is 13 weeks for a decision to be issued. If the planning application does require an ES, the timeline is 16 weeks for a recommendation. This is then put to the Secretary of State (SoS) who can the either agree or Call In the application. In the case of ground mounted PV projects, the likelihood of the SoS calling in an application for determination is almost negligible.

On receipt of planning permission, any ‘prior to commencement’ planning conditions are addressed and ‘signed off’ by the LPA (with the issue of a formal Compliance with Condition notice.

On receipt of final documentation, the project can commence, with DNO offer, to disposal.

Finance and covenant

CSP Solar has an established track record in securing development funding for construction and turnkey solar projects. For further information, please contact us directly.