Ridge Clean Energy has submitted an application for planning permission for a renewable energy park its proposed Fair Oaks site to the south of Nottingham, England. The project would have a solar export capacity of 49.9MW with matched battery storage capacity. The Fair Oaks Renewable Energy Park would generate 71,336MWh annually, which equates to the average annual energy usage of 11,200 homes. The Fair Oaks site would include at least 100MWh of battery energy storage units to maximise the site’s energy generation. The project is expected to have an operational life of up to 40 years. Marjorie Glasgow BEM, Co-founder of Ridge Clean Energy said: “We develop each project with the scope to do so much more than generate power. We believe that combining clean energy with the needs of communities is the most powerful way to tackle climate change and its impacts.
“Our contributions and up-front seed capital go over and above the Community Benefit Fund.” Project manager Jonny Murphy added: “The Fair Oaks Renewable Energy Park could help the local area adapt to big challenges currently facing the UK – climate change, domestic energy security and the rising cost of living. “We’ve also worked closely with ecology and landscape specialists to deliver an energy park that results in a 75% net gain in habitat which would support biodiversity. The site could continue to be used for agriculture with the applicant’s intention to enter into a sheep grazing licence at the appropriate time. “Business rates will be calculated nearer the time of operation and would be given to the local council to spend within the local area.”
Credits: renews.biz [Image: Ridge Clean Energy]