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New Leaf Solar has submitted a planning application for a solar park on a closed landfill site at Stretton Sugwas in Herefordshire.  New Leaf Solar is a Hereford-based community group and has been working closely with Sharenergy for the past year to be able reach this stage.

Sharenergy advisor on the project, Leila Sharland, said “This has been one of the most challenging renewable energy projects I have worked on.  The site has complications with the management of the landfill gas as well as the usual development issues to be mindful of such as visual impact, ecology, historic buildings etc.  I am so pleased that an excellent planning application has now been submitted meaning the project is one step closer to going ahead and urge as many people as possible to take five minutes to write in support and to give the council a strong reason to approve the scheme.”

A suggested letter of support will soon be available on the website for the project ( or supporters can make a submission directly to the council via the council’s website (

– 1MW system on a closed landfill site.

– Sufficient clean electricity to supply over 150 households.

– A fresh use for a site which is otherwise unusable.

– A low impact scheme with wide community involvement and ownership.

– If you are local or know the area please say so – and say that you don’t expect the PV to impact on your enjoyment!

Please use the planning application reference number (P151697/CD4).

Another Sharenergy supported project, Bury Community Hydro, will also be going into planning shortly – watch this space for details.