A solar electric forecourt featuring a large solar farm and range of facilities for motorists has been proposed for a site in the North East. Gridserve Sustainable Energy has submitted an environmental impact assessment (EIA) screening request to Hartlepool Borough Council for the proposed development of land at Whelly Hill Farm, off the A19. The Hartlepool West Solar Electric Forecourt would be located on a site of about 240 acres, comprising the forecourt and adjacent solar array. The facility would be capable of generating up to 33,900 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy for the charging of electric vehicles. This is the equivalent to the annual electrical requirements of about 10,300 average homes, or being able to fully charge from empty 847,500 electric vehicles. A range of facilities are also proposed as part of the scheme, with motorists expected to remain at the forecourt for between 15 minutes and an hour, depending on charging speed. These include lounge space, food and drink units, retail, hot desk work facility, exercise studio and children’s play area.
Insider Media 22nd June 2020 read more »