Banks will use the data it gathers to finalise its plans for the scheme, with construction works expected to begin in spring next year.
Barnsdale will include solar panels covering an area of around 50 hectares of south-facing land and will link directly into the Ledston Primary electricity sub-station, which sits to the south east of the site along Barnsdale Road.
Its detailed ecology and biodiversity strategy will see the biggest ever increase in biodiversity for any project within Leeds, and includes extensive wildflower meadows, wetland habitat, native trees, scrub and hedgerow planting.
As part of Banks Renewables’ policy of delivering tangible benefits to the local communities in which its operations are based, over £800,000 of the revenues generated by Barnsdale will be directed into a fund that will provide grants to support local community groups and voluntary organisations over its lifetime.
The family-owned firm is already one of the leading independent owner/operators in the UK’s onshore wind sector and currently operates ten wind farms with an installed capacity of 224MW, including the Hook Moor wind farm near Leeds and three others in Yorkshire.