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White Cross solar energy farm

United Kingdom / Solar power / Project

We’ve been evaluating land between White Cross and St Columb Road in Cornwall for development of a new solar energy farm.

This site has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver solar-powered electricity to the grid, helping meet regional and national renewable energy targets.

With a solar project of 49.9MWp proposed (and 18MW battery), the 75 hectare site would generate over 51 gigawatt hours of electricity each year. This could power nearly 14,500 homes. 

The project, known as White Cross, is in the early stages of development. Below are some outline details, including a location map that shows the approximate field boundaries for the solar energy farm. As the project progresses, we plan to share more details with you via this website and our pre-application consultation process. You can contact us anytime using the link below. 

Renewable energy – targets and benefits

In June 2019, the UK government amended the Climate Change Act of 2008 and 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. Cornwall have made their own impressive commitments – to achieve net zero by 2030 – in their Climate Change Action Plan.  

White Cross solar energy farm could be another step in the energy transition, preventing over 23,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, and producing enough clean, renewable electricity for nearly 14,500 homes.

The project intends to deliver other benefits – a community benefit fund, business rates contribution to the local economy, local jobs and supply contracts, as well as improvements to wildlife, with long term habitat management being a big part of the plans.

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White Cross location map


Finding a suitable location for a solar energy project is a careful balancing act. This proposal is located between White Cross and St Columb Road, south of the A392 road.

This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes considering designated areas, land grade and the levels of solar energy that can be achieved. Local electricity grid connections have been analysed to identify where there is capacity to receive the amount of electricity being produced and a multitude of surveys have or are being carried out, such as ecology, landscape and flood risk to assess the lands suitability for solar energy farm use.

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Why Statkraft?

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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Estimated timeline

  • 1 - Early public engagement

    March -May  2021

  • 2 - Assessments, surveys & reports

    Winter & Spring 2021

  • 3 - Planning application submission

    Autumn 2021

  • 4 - Proposed construction

    Spring 2022

  • 5 - Proposed completion

    Autumn 2022

Online consultation

Our online community hall has been open since 29th March. Here you can view project details including maps, layout diagrams, videos and more. You can also provide feedback via the survey, letter, email and by phone. Visit the hall to find out more.

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Have your say

We encourage your feedback as early in the planning stage as possible to ensure we have considered all points of view. There are a number of ways you can contact us if you’d like to give feedback.

Email us:
Call us: 0207 5491299

If you are a local supplier or installer of equipment that the project may need, please register your details using the survey above.

Your project developer

Gareth Hawkins is the developer for this project. Don't hesitate to get in touch.
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Gareth Hawkins
Development Manager

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