Plan to put solar panels at Adnams plant in Reydon

SUFFOLK-based Adnams brewery is hoping to harness green energy by installing solar panels.

The independent brewer, which has previously won awards for its environmental and sustainable efforts, has applied for planning permission to install 'photovoltaic' panels at its distribution centre in Halesworth Road, Reydon, near Southwold.

The company was granted permission for an anaerobic digestion plant on the site, which sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, by Waveney District Council in November 2009. It now hopes the installation of 962 panels on land immediately surrounding the plant will help generate even more renewable energy.

The panels would be mounted on a metal support structure and have a matt black finish.

Planning officers who have recommended approval say the site is 'barely visible from public viewpoints'.

In his report to the council committee planning officer Richard Amor said: 'This site seems ideal for photovoltaic generation, providing a clean source of renewable energy to complement the anaerobic digestion plant.'

Reydon Parish Council has also recommended the plans are approved. Waveney is due to make a decision by March 1.