U.K.‘s biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast
Energy - NOVEMBER 10, 2017

U.K.‘s biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast

by Andrea Waitrovich

U.K.-based Hive Energy and German solar company Wirsol Energy have plans to build a 350-megawatt, 890-acre solar farm on England’s Kent coast.

Cleve Hill Solar Park would have five times the capacity of the United Kingdom’s current largest solar farm and provide enough power for around 110,000 households if it comes online in 2020 as proposed.

Cleve Hill Solar Park will also be designed differently than standard solar farms in the U.K. to provide the maximum amount of electricity. Panels will be orientated in an east-to-west fashion, rather than south-facing, and will also be mounted at a shallower angle than usual to produce a more consistent generation curve.

Battery storage will also be incorporated into the design to provide grid-balancing services to the grid.

Cleve Hill stands to be the first in the U.K. to be deemed as a National Significant Infrastructure Project. It will therefore require approval from Greg Clarke, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, by means of a development consent order.

Further consultations will take place in December, with a secondary phase to follow in early 2018.

Hive expects to submit final plans for its DCO next summer.

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