Sunnica solar farm update

Bottisham councillor John Trapp and I visited the Sunnica exhibition at the Mandeville Hall in Burwell yesterday, about the changes to Sunnica’s planning application for a solar farm spanning the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border.

These changes result from National Grid’s statement that it will not accept the original plan to extend the Burwell sub-station, which is where the electricity generated by the installation would enter the grid.

This extension was Sunnica’s original Option 1. Option 2 was an extension on the other side of the sub-station.

Sunnica have now come up with a new Option 3, which is now their preferred option and would mean three changes to the plans.

  1. Remove the extension to the Burwell sub-station as in Option 1.
  2. Transmit electricity between the sites at 400kV rather than 132kV.
  3. Install additional electrical infrastructure at three of the four sites in the application.

Sunnica are consulting on this change until 6 July. Details of the consultation are at https://sunnica.co.uk/ and responses should be made in writing by one of the following means:

  • By email to info@sunnica.co.uk
  • By post to: FAO Sunnica Energy Farm, Freepost SEC NEWGATE UK LOCAL

This is a limited consultation on this aspect of the application only, not on any other aspects of the application.

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