Planning consent given for EDF Renewables Sutton Bridge solar farm

12 Mar 2021

Planning consent has been given for EDF Renewables’ (EDF R) Sutton Bridge solar farm. South Holland District Council has given permission for the project to go ahead after a period of consultation. This will be the first large scale solar project developed by EDF Renewables in the UK.

The development will consist of rows of solar panels mounted on a rack of metal poles, typically 3.5m above the ground at the highest point on 118.3 hectares of land. There will be 2-6 metres between the strings of panels.

The 49.9MW solar farm will be capable of generating enough low carbon renewables electricity for the domestic needs of 16,000 households annually, saving around 21,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The project team will now explore battery storage and the potential for future electric vehicle (EV) charging possibilities at the site. Along with solar power, battery storage and EV rapid charging are both significant enablers for the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050.

EDF Renewables UK is part of one of the world’s largest electricity companies and is a leading renewable energy operator and developer in the UK with nearly 600MW in construction and 1GW in operation including 35 onshore wind farms, two offshore wind farms and one of the largest battery storage units in Europe.

For more information please visit EDF Renewables’ website.

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