Stargoose solar energy farm
The Childerley Estate in Cambridgeshire has been proposed for the development of a solar energy farm.
This location has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver solar-powered electricity to the grid. The proposed development will generate 60GWh of electricity per year – enough to power up to 18,000 homes. We are also proposing to install batteries to store electricity and feed it back into the local energy network at times of high demand.
Renewable energy – targets and benefits
In June 2019, the UK government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Their aim: to set a world-leading target that will bring to an end the UK’s contribution to climate change.
Dover District Council declared a climate emergency in November 2019 and adopted its Climate Change Strategy in January 2021. The action plan acknowledges “the need to build on existing action and the necessity of the change in gear required to meet the challenge of climate change”.
The project will not only deliver climate change benefits, it will also deliver biodiversity and landscape enhancements, local jobs during the construction period a community benefit fund.
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Finding a suitable location for a solar energy project is a careful balancing act.
This proposal is located just north of the village of Childerley, in the district of South Cambridgeshire on farmland to the southeast of the A14. Surrounding it are mainly ﬁelds and farmsteads. This image shows the approximate location.
This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes considering designated areas, land type and levels of solar energy. Local electricity grid connections have been analysed to identify where there is capacity to receive the amount of electricity being produced. A number of surveys have or are being carried out, such as ecology, landscape and flood risk among others to confirm that the land would be suitable for solar energy farm use.
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Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and the leading developer in the European solar market. Having acquired solar pioneer Solarcentury in November 2020, our highly skilled development team operates across 12 countries with a 10GWp pipeline.
Our vision is a world that runs entirely on renewable energy. We believe that renewable energy can power every industry, every business, every community, every home. It can power progress. It can power possibilities. For us to meet growing energy demand, keep our planet’s temperature below breaking point, and close the gap for nearly one billion people in the world who still have no access to electricity, renewable energy can’t be part of the solution - it must be the solution.
When developing a project, Statkraft manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to submission of a planning application, to ﬁnancing, construction and operation of the solar energy farm. We will engage with the neighbouring communities in advance of submitting any planning application, and we welcome community suggestions and views.
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1 - Formal pre-application consultationJanuary 2021
2 - Planning application submissionMay 2021
3 - Proposed construction2022
4 - Proposed completion
Have your say
We aim to ensure that the local community and stakeholders are well informed, and that we understand the views of the local community so we can address any issues within a proposal as far as possible.
Below are the steps that Statkraft has taken to inform the community and invite feedback.
- Inform local councillors and Parish Councils of the plans at an early stage in the planning process.
- Issue a press release to the local press announcing the project.
- Provide clear ways to contact the project team, see Have your say, below.
- Host this project website for the duration of the project, updated regularly with information and providing the opportunity to give feedback on the project.
- Distribute an information leaflet to local residents to launch the consultation.
- Ensure residents can provide feedback via the dedicated Have your say section.
- Incorporate all feedback in a community engagement report and take it into account when refining the submission.
Email us: Gareth.Hawkins@statkraft.com
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