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Cleve Hill is a solar and energy storage park situated on the north Kent coast. The park will provide enough affordable and clean electricity to power over 91,000 homes.
Cleve Hill is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). It was the first of its kind to be granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The project was granted in May 2020, making it the largest consented solar scheme in the UK.
The project will comprise of an array of solar photovoltaic modules, energy storage and associated development infrastructure. Cleve Hill is located one mile northeast of Faversham, 3 miles west of Whitstable and situated closest to the village of Graveney.
Designing a scheme that delivers benefits both for our climate and the natural environment was key to our approach. We collaborated with key stakeholders and local communities throughout the development process. Through the development of the solar park, over £1 million of income was generated per year for local authorities to invest in improving local services.
To ensure environmental performance was prioritised within Cleve Hill, a Biodiversity and Landscape Management Plan was produced in collaboration with stakeholders. Through this plan, Cleve Hill Solar Park will deliver a 65% net gain in biodiversity.
Hive Energy partnered with Wirsol Energy to develop Cleve Hill Solar Park.