The planning inspectorate has submitted its recommendations for the controversial Cleve Hill Solar Park, which is set to be Britain’s biggest solar farm. The Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was submitted last week (28 February 2020), and the Secretary will now have three months to consult on the project before delivering a decision. Cleve Hill Solar Park is the first in the UK to be classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, due to its capacity, which will exceed 50MW. When constructed it will be able to power over 91,000 homes, according to Hive Energy and Wirsol who are developing the project through a joint venture. The £450 million project is due to be constructed on a site one mile northeast of Faversham, in Kent, situated close to the village of Graveney. The farm will include 880,000 panels along with battery storage, and the site has already been granted a grid connection capacity of 350MW for both import and export.
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