Chance to take part in consultation on proposed solar farm


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An awful lot of solar panels could be on the way (pic Longfield Solar Farm)

Another day, another consultation. This time for a solar farm near Chelmsford.
Longfield Solar Farm is being put forward by EDF Renewables UK and Padero Solar for almost 940 acres north-east of Chelmsford and north of the A12 between Boreham and Hatfield Peverel.
The developers say the scheme would generate electricity for up to 67,000 households.
The scale of the proposal means it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) as it would export at least 50MW of electricity – at this stage, it is expected to generate around 350MW from solar energy. Development consent would be needed from Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, of EDF Renewables, said: “We are keen to work with the local community to deliver the wide-ranging benefits of low-carbon electricity generation.
“This is an excellent site for a renewable project incorporating solar and battery storage; it is suitably sunny and has a connection on site to the National Grid network.
“Together, we have significant experience in developing and operating large-scale renewable-energy projects. Longfield Solar Farm will enable us to contribute to the country’s green economic recovery from Covid-19 and shows we are committed to helping Britain achieve net zero.
“It is also part of the group’s 2030 strategy to double installed renewable capacity from 28GW to 50GW in the next 10 years.”
There are two rounds of consultation proposed, the first ending on Monday, December 14. To take part learn more about the scheme, click here

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