PS Renewables and Ørsted, two established developers of renewable energy projects, are bringing forward proposals for One Earth Solar Farm, a new solar farm with battery storage located at the border of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, connecting to the national electricity grid at High Marnham in Nottinghamshire. The solar farm would be located on land either side of the River Trent to the south of Dunham on Trent and Newton on Trent.
One Earth Solar Farm is being proposed to meet the urgent need for new sources of clean, affordable energy. If approved, the project would provide a clean source of locally produced energy that could power more than 200,000 homes annually*.
The government is targeting complete decarbonisation of the country’s power system by 2035 and is aiming to reduce our dependence on energy from abroad. Solar farms like this one can be built quickly to generate renewable energy in the UK, helping to reinforce our energy security and meet our decarbonisation commitments.
As the project would have a generating capacity in excess of 50MW of electricity, it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means that it will require development consent from the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero.
The project is still in its early stages of development and must progress through detailed design work and public consultation before any application for development consent is submitted.
We will soon share more information about our early design at a non-statutory consultation that will start in September 2023.
This will be the first stage of public consultation and will give those living nearby an opportunity to have their say on the project at an early stage in the design process.
Matt Hazell, Co-owner of PS Renewables, said: “We are excited to be launching One Earth Solar Farm, which stands to make an important contribution to the national decarbonisation effort.
While there remains a lot of design work and assessments to carry out, we believe this is an excellent site for a solar farm, its location makes use of existing electricity infrastructure at the site of the former High Marnham Power Station.
We encourage anyone with an interest in the proposals to meet with us during the non-statutory consultation and to share their views on our early proposals.”
Speaking on behalf of Ørsted, Program Manager Randall Linfoot said: “This project marks an exciting milestone for Ørsted as we bring our expertise in renewable energy projects to solar energy in the UK.
In line with our other projects, we will work with the community to make sure that local people benefit from hosting this project.”
Once the non-statutory consultation has launched on 27 September, members of the public will be able to meet with the project team at public exhibitions that will be held at the following dates and locations:
- 00pm – 8.30pm on Thursday 5 October 2023 at St Peter’s Church – Newton on Trent, Lincoln LN1 2JS
- 00pm – 4.00pm on Saturday 7 October 2023 at South Clifton Coronation Hall, Moor Ln, South Clifton, Newark NG23 7AN
- 30pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at Dunham on Trent Village Hall, Low St, Dunham, Newark NG22 0FJ
- 30pm – 7.30pm on Thursday 12 October 2023 at Greenmeadow Eastgate, Normanton-on-Trent, Newark NG23 6RN
For anyone who is unable to attend any of the public exhibition events, we are also holding a consultation webinar. To register to attend the webinar, or to find out more about the project, please visit our website: www.oneearthsolarfarm.co.uk
Alternatively, the project team can be contacted by calling freephone 0800 169 6507 or by emailing email@example.com