Hive Energy plan 8,000 panel solar farm for disused quarry in Chelmsford village

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Hive Energy has submitted a preliminary proposal for an 8,000-panel farm across 10 acres at Sandon Quarry in Chelmsford village, Essex. The proposal contains the findings of Hive Energy’s environmental impact screening opinion application which was drawn up following consultations between the landowner and local people.

Over the last twenty-years, the redundant quarry had been earmarked for a waste plant, incinerator and larger 66,000 panel solar farm; however all of these previous planning requests had been rejected.

The Essex Chronicle has been covering the proposal’s progress and quotes local resident Toni Speakman, ‘If it’s going to be solar panels that is far better than becoming a landfill site, I reckon the village would be far more in favour of that’.

If the planning proposal is successful the solar farm in Chelmsford village could have the potential to generate two megawatts of electricity – enough to power 600 homes. It would also save an estimated 800 tonnes in CO2 emissions per year.

Hive Energy’s Commercial Director, Tim Purbrick explains that the benefits from solar are not just limited to energy.

“Compared to most solar farms in Essex this is a relatively small one and it could potentially be running by Christmas. Integral to our planning for the site would be the installation of beehives and bat boxes and the planting of hedgerows and wildflowers”.

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