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Capacity

40 MW

Homes Powered

17,000 annually

Carbon Saved

650,000 tonnes over a 40 year lifespan

About the project

Grenergy Renewables UK is proposing to build a Co-located 40 MW Solar PV and BESS site at Fibden Farm, Hampton Lovett, located near Droitwich, Worcestershire.

Fibden Solar Farm would provide crucial energy and services to the local electricity distribution network to ensure the supply of clean and cost-effective electricity to domestic, commercial and industrial users of the electricity network.

Solar power provides not only clean, fossil-fuel free source of electricity but is also one of the cheapest forms of electricity in the UK, four times cheaper than gas and two times cheaper than nuclear. This makes it an essential technology to lower energy bills reach and reach our Net Zero ambitions.

Being a co-located power plant, the on-site batteries will allow excess generation from the solar farm to be locally stored and distributed into the electricity network, ensuring power generated can be used to meet peak power demands.

Structure of a Co-located Farm

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Public Consultation

To help shape the development, we held a public consultation between the 12th April and 7th May 2024. This was to present our plans for the project and invite feedback.

We thank those who engaged with us throughout the consultation period and provided feedback.

You can still view the information presented during the consultation including our event boards, maps, plans and visualisations of the site on our consultation page.

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Concept Landscaping Plan

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Timeline

Indicative timeline for Tithe Farm Solar

Project Secured with Grid

Q1 2023odds

Project Secured with Grid

Capacity to connect project into the grid network secured with Distribution Network Operator

Planning Submitted

Q2 2024odds

Planning Submitted

Application to the local planning authority for full planning consent for a co-located Solar PV and BESS plant

Planned Decision

Q4 2024odds

Planned Decision

Planning Permission granted subject to conditions

Pre-construction works

Q4 2025odds

Pre-construction works

Subject to consent granted, contracts secured, consents obtained and land agreements triggered

Construction start

Q1 2026odds

Construction start

Site mobilisation for construction works to begin

Provisional Operation Date

Q4 2026odds

Provisional Operation Date

Operational date subject to network upgrade works from the local and national network operators

Project Secured with Grid

Q1 2023odds

Project Secured with Grid

Capacity to connect project into the grid network secured with Distribution Network Operator

FAQs

Solar farms are essential for the UK’s energy strategy as they provide not only a clean, fossil-fuel free source of electricity but are also one of the cheapest forms of electricity in the UK, four times cheaper than gas and two times cheaper than nuclear.

The UK Government has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the 1990 levels by 100% before 2050 to reach Net Zero with solar power playing a key role in this target. As part of this the government has targeted 70 GW of solar power to be installed by 2035 of which there is currently 15.7 GW installed as of December 2023 (Source).

BESS sites enable energy from renewables, like solar and wind, to be stored and then released when the power is needed most. Whilst the main function is to soak up surplus clean electricity and discharge it back when needed, the plant can also operate in several different modes to provide grid stability services, for example helping to manage voltage and frequency imbalances as renewable generation dips up and down. Please follow this link to find out more.

Across the UK large volumes of electricity generated by renewable generation (such as wind and solar) are lost when we cannot immediately utilise it, as we have insufficient means to store this power.

Between 2015 and 2021, the UK’s electricity system operator (ESO) curtailed, or discarded, over 13% of the total wind energy generated (REF). In 2020 and 2021, this curtailment cost the UK £806 million and wasted enough renewable electricity to power 800,000 homes, which additionally had an environmental impact, with an extra two million tonnes of CO2 emitted due to gas being used instead of wind.

Research from LCP has found that  an increase of 20GWh of battery storage could reduce the amount of wasted wind power in Britain by 50% (LCP).

Ground mounted solar installations account for approximately 0.1% of all land take across the UK. To reach significantly scale up our solar development to meet our Net Zero target of 70GW it is estimated to take up to 0.3%. By comparison the amount currently used for golf courses occupies 0.5% of the UK (Carbon Brief). Regardless, when identifying solar farms the intention is to avoid the most suitable farmland for arable purposes defined as ‘Best and Most Versatile’ which is land classified as 3A and below under the Agricultural Land Classification guidance.

An Agricultural Land Quality survey has been completed at Fibden  which  has found that the site is predominately Subgrade 3B (73% of the site). An agreement has also been made with the landowner that a section of the land will continue to be used for agricultural/pasture (sheep grazing), the exact extent is to be defined but will likely account for 30-50% of the Solar PV area.

The Fibden Farm project will connect to the nearby National Grid Upton Warren substation through a connection into an existing 132kV pylon and will supply electricity to the local distribution network.

We have carried out a detailed site assessment of the area around the National Grid substation to identify where we could locate the project. We considered a number of factors, including proximity to the national distribution system, as well as the potential impact on sensitive receptors, such as residential or ecological sites, planning restrictions, topography and ground conditions. Following careful assessment of each option, the final site was determined to be the most appropriate on all accounts.

As such this development seeks to mitigate harm through local benefits including biodiversity net gain, community benefit fund and sources of local employment.

The panels themselves make no noise, however, the inverters make a low humming sound similar to an air conditioning unit. Accompanying a planning application will be a Noise Impact Assessment which will assess this noise against the nearest sensitive receptors.

The panels are roughly 3m high, and can be screened relatively easily using bunding and landscaping methods, such as trees and hedgerows. A Landscape Visual Impact Assessment will be submitted with any planning application assessing the visual impact and recommending any necessary mitigation measures.

There will be a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain, achieved through native planting, including wildflowers, hedgerow restoration and woodland installations.

Grenergy will also be looking to implement a community benefit fund, to ensure funds are available to a cause of local interest.

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