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Plans submitted for Sutton Bridge solar farm

A renewable energy operator and developer has submitted its plans to install what would be its first large scale solar farm project in the country - in Sutton Bridge.

EDF Renewables (EDF R), which is part of one of the world’s largest electricity companies, has submitted a planning application to South Holland District Council for permission to install a solar farm next to the Sutton Bridge Power Station, after a period of consultation with people in the area.

The 49.9 MW solar farm would be capable of generating enough renewable electricity for the domestic needs of 16,100 households annually if given approval, saving around 21,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Sutton Bridge Power Station... (41268360)
Sutton Bridge Power Station... (41268360)

A number of ecological and other feasibility surveys have been carried out and EDF R is satisfied the site is an excellent location for solar, with high levels of irradiation and a nearby grid connection.

Part of the planning, design and access statement reads: "Considerable care has been taken in the design of the development to avoid unacceptable environmental and amenity effects, whilst ensuring that the development can make a significant contribution to the UK’s requirement for renewable energy generation."

A decision is due to be made on the application by early February, 2021.

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