EDF Renewables wins consent for 50MW UK solar
Planning consent has been given for EDF Renewables’ 50MW Sutton Bridge solar photovoltaic project in the UK. South Holland District Council has given permission for the project to go ahead after a period of consultation with locals.
It will be the first large-scale solar project developed by EDF Renewables in the UK. EDF Renewables solar head Ben Fawcett said: “We are very pleased to receive planning consent for this project which we believe is a great site for solar as it is suitably sunny and has a nearby grid connection.
“Through additional planting, including native species hedgerows we will encourage biodiversity as well as reduce any visual impact of the development.
“We are an experienced developer and we want to work with the communities in the local area to keep them up to speed on the progress of the project.” He said the developer will also want to discuss the implementation of a community fund which will have a value of £10,000 every year once the project is up and running. “Sutton Bridge is at the forefront of several solar projects we have planned in the UK. Our renewables projects will enable us to contribute to the UK’s green economic recovery from Covid-19 and help the country accelerate to a net zero future,” Fawcett added.
The project team will also explore battery storage and the potential for future electric vehicle charging at the site too.