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Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd is proposing to develop a solar park on the north Kent coast. The Cleve Hill Solar Park would generate renewable power through photovoltaic panels, providing clean power to UK homes.

Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd is a joint venture formed by two solar industry specialists – Hive Energy Ltd and Wirsol Energy Ltd.

Founded in 2010, Hive Energy has established itself as the second largest developer of solar parks in the UK, responsible for the installation of 300 Megawatts (MW) of capacity across the country and providing enough clean electricity for over 100,000 homes.

Wirsol is a highly experienced solar park developer, constructor and operator across the UK and Australia. Combining the installation of world-class components and the implementation of rigorous operation and maintenance processes, Wirsol have both built and operate 24 solar parks across the UK. Their success has been underpinned by the formation of long-lasting relationships with local communities and investors.

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Introducing the proposals

We are proposing to develop the Cleve Hill Solar Park on the north Kent coast. The project could have a generating capacity exceeding 350MW. This would be enough to power approximately 110,000 homes a year. roughly the equivalent number of households for the Swale and Canterbury Districts combined.

Cleve Hill Solar Park would require electrical connection infrastructure and a substation, which we intend to connect to the existing National Grid substation. Adjoining the site is a large 150/400kV electricity substation, which serves the London Array offshore wind farm beyond the mouth of the Thames Estuary to the north. Eight 400kV pylons and power lines currently cross the site.

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Benefits of the Solar Park

•  Cleve Hill Solar Park has the potential to power 110,000 UK homes.

•  This project is non-subsidised so will not receive government funding.

•  Over £1 million of income will be generated per year for Kent and Swale to invest in improving local services.

•  Cleve Hill Solar Park could save 150,500 tonnes of CO2. This is equivalent 29,400 cars.

•  A dedicated mitigation area is proposed for bird species including Lapwing, Brent Goose, Golden Plover and Marsh Harrier.

•  Option for onsite battery storage technology.

 

FAQ's

What is the Cleve Hill Solar Park?

The proposed Cleve Hill Solar Park is a solar photovoltaic park on the north Kent coast which will have a generating capacity which could exceed 350 megawatts (MW). If built, it will generate clean, renewable energy for approximately 110,000 homes a year, which is approximately the number of households in the Swale and Canterbury Districts combined.

The proposed site is located 2km northeast of Faversham, 5km west of Whitstable to the northwest of the village of Graveney. Our ambition is to deliver a scheme that helps to address national and local electricity needs by generating an affordable and renewable source of clean energy.

Due to the capacity of the solar park exceeding 50MW, the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

What is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project?

Due to the capacity of the solar park exceeding 50MW, the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

The development consenting regime for NSIP projects comes under the Planning Act 2008 and the application process is known as the Development Consent Order or ‘DCO’.  DCO applications must be made to the Planning Inspectorate who in the case of energy related development acts on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Any final consent award is granted by the Secretary of State for BEIS, which is currently Greg Clark.

DCO applications cannot be determined by the local authority, although the local authorities are involved throughout the planning process and do maintain an important role during the DCO application process. The local authority is the responsible planning authority post-consent of the project.

Why do we need the Cleve Hill Solar Park?

A quarter of the UK’s generating capacity is due to close by 2018 so a new mix of electricity generation is needed to keep the lights on. Also, with the UK’s climate change ambitions being amongst the highest in Europe, we will need to significantly increase our renewable energy growth without jeopardising electricity supply, or increasing costs for consumers.

The proposed Cleve Hill Solar Park is a pioneering scheme, which aims to apply private sector innovation without requiring government subsidies. Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd is proposing to use storage battery technologies, which would store any excess solar power and distribute it to the grid when it’s needed the most.

How will the local area benefit?

The Cleve Hill Solar Park could bring £27.25 million investment to Swale and Kent over a minimum period of 25 years. As a significant local business, Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd will be contributing substantial business rates on an annual basis to the local councils. Based on current estimates of the potential generation capacity of Cleve Hill Solar Park, the revenue generated for Kent and Swale councils will be in excess of £1,080,000.

What will be included in the Cleve Hill Solar Park?

Proposals for the Solar Park include a solar array, which will provide electricity to the national grid to power UK homes. The solar panels will have an East West layout in order to maximise the output of the solar farm throughout the day.

There will be electrical connection infrastructure to connect the solar park to the Cleve Hill Substation. This is situated adjacent to the proposed solar park.

It is proposed to include an energy storage solution, so that Cleve Hill Solar Park can store the Sun’s power and distribute it to the grid when it is needed the most.

Land will be provided for ecological mitigation and enhancement, with particular consideration to bird species.

Consultation

Cleve Hill Solar Park is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) as it is proposed to have a generating capacity exceeding 50MW. We will be applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) through the Planning Inspectorate. The application will be determined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

A DCO application is planned to be submitted in summer 2018. Prior to this we will be commencing an extensive series of public and statutory consultations on our plans for the scheme.

 
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Phase One event details

We will be hosting our Phase One community consultation events on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5 December from 5pm to 8pm, at Sheppey Evangelical Church, Warden Bay Road, Leysdown ME12 4NA
  • Wednesday 6 December from 11.30am to 7.30pm, at Faversham Assembly Rooms, 66 Preston St Faversham ME13 8PG
  • Thursday 7 December from 1.30pm to 8pm, at Graveney Villlage Hall, Graveney, Faversham ME13 9DN
  • Friday 8 December from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, at Seasalter Christian Centre, Faversham Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 4AX

 

News

The government recently released its Clean Growth Energy Strategy, outlining how it sets out to cut UK emissions while keeping costs to consumers and businesses down. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-strategy


Get in touch

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more information about Cleve Hill Solar Park and our associated consultation programme. You can contact our Community Relations Team and find out more by using the details below. 

Email: info@clevehillsolar.com

Freephone: 0800 328 2850

Freepost: Cleve Hill Solar

Online: www.clevehillsolar.com

 

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