Located on land south of Fen Lane, at Harrow Lane, Bulphan, Thurrock, East of England, England, RM14 3RE.
16,100Tonnes CO2 Displaced
57.3%Biodiversity Net Gain
Environment Impact Assessment Screening
Submission of Planning Application
Application submitted on 14/01/2021 and can be found here.
Assessment and Determination of Planning Application
Bulphan Fen solar farm will provide renewable electricity for distribution to the National Grid through the Warley Substation. This project will generate energy each year of the proposed 40 years of operational life, while also providing a substantial carbon dioxide savings when compared to generation of electricity by non-renewable sources.
The proposals include batteries and a state of the art tracking system which follows the sun across the sky which increases the amount solar energy generated across the site compared to the traditional static solar farm system. The battery storage facility will allow energy to be stored on site at times when grid-demand is lower and exported at times of higher demand to ensure no energy is ‘lost’ and help balance the National Grid
In response to the initial feedback we received, we have updated the proposed design of the site to address a number of the issues raised. Where possible we have taken onboard the feedback and concerns of local residents and have made important changes. Notably we have removed areas of solar panels to increase the proposed buffer to neighbouring properties and located the inverters more centrally in the site.
In addition to reducing the area of the panels, the new design also offers:
99ha of sheep grazed grassland underneath and between the solar panels
21ha of grassland with wildflowers
1.1ha of new native woodland
2.9km of new hedgerow planting
5.9ha of skylark mitigation habitat
Improvements to the footpath network including information boards and timber footbridge
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