Solar panels are designed to absorb as much sunlight as possible and convert it into electricity. Minimising the panels’ reflectivity is a goal of panel design, manufacture and installation. As such, modern solar panels, as proposed for Frasers Solar Farm, are treated with anti-reflective coatings, meaning they reflect significantly less light than other common materials such as paint and standard glass.
The solar farm will be set back approximately 20m from the boundary. This includes 10m of landscape buffering and a further 10m firebreak, which doubles as an internal access track.
A 10m landscape buffer will be provided along the project boundary to protect the area’s visual amenity. Landscaping will include a mix of indigenous shrubs and trees of varied heights and will have the added benefit of creating important new habitats for native fauna, thus supporting the region’s biodiversity.