EDF Renewables is pleased to confirm that we have received consent from South Holland District Council for the planning application for Sutton Bridge Solar Farm. A press release is available in the downloads section below.
This is the first large scale solar project developed by EDF Renewables in the UK. The 49.9 MW solar farm will be capable of generating enough low carbon renewables electricity for the domestic needs of more than 9,000 households* annually, saving around 21,000 tonnes** of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
It is a great site for solar as it is suitably sunny and has a nearby grid connection at Walpole Substation.
Through additional planting, including native species hedgerows we will encourage biodiversity as well as reduce any visual impact of the development.
We want to work with the communities in the local area to keep them up to speed on the progress of the project. We also want to discuss with local people the implementation of the community fund which will have a value of £10,000 every year once the project is up and running.
The project team will now explore battery storage and the potential for future electric vehicle (EV) charging possibilities at the site.
* Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home (temperature corrected) per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published July 2019, Table C9 of ECUK: Consumption data tables)
** Based upon BEIS’s “all fossil fuels” emissions statistic of 450 tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh of electricity supplied in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (published July 2019, p96)