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Capacity

15 MW

Homes Powered

5000 annually

Carbon Saved

250,000 tonnes over a 40 year lifespan

About the project

Grenergy Renewables UK is proposing to build a 15 MW Solar PV site at Tithe Farm, Nottingham Road, located near Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Tithe Solar Farm would provide crucial 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.

Projects like Tithe Solar Farm will make a significant contribution to achieving UK’s net zero targets by 2050 and will in turn help lower energy bills and help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Structure of a
Solar Plant

Structure of a
Solar panel

Structure of a
Solar panel

  1. Mounting
  2. ARC tempered glass
  3. EVA/POE
  4. Photovoltaic cells
  5. EVA/POE
  6. Tempered glass
  7. Connections Box

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 Submited

Q2 2024odds

Planning Submited

Application to the local planning authority for full planning consent for a Solar PV farm

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

Tithe Farm Location

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).

The Tithe Solar Farm project will connect to the nearby National Grid Willoughby Substation through a connection into an existing 33kV underground line 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.

There will be approximately 40 movements per day. This will be weighted more heavily in the first few months when most of the civil and electrical work would be undertaken. Through careful route planning and traffic management, we will work to minimise the impact on the local community.

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.

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.

At Tithe Farm, 97% of the site will still be able to be used for agricultural purposes such as sheep grazing and due to the temporary nature of the site, the land will be returned to it it’s former state once the project is decommissioned. Furthermore, solar farms can help diversify farmer’s incomes so that they can continue farming other parts of their land.

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Responsible Energy

We are a Project Developer and an Independent Power Producer of clean, renewable and reliable energy. Our projects are sustainable and responsible: good for the planet and for our communities.

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Further Details

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the plans in more detail with the project team you can contact us via:

  • Calling the community information line: 0333 358 0502 (Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm)
  • Emailing: projectsuk@grenergy.eu