INTRODUCTION

INRG SOLAR is proposing to develop the Little Crow Solar Park near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. The site sits between the British Steel works at Scunthorpe and the village of Broughton. Little Crow Solar Park would generate clean renewable power through solar photovoltaic panels, providing clean renewable power to UK homes.

The subsidy free project could have a generating capacity of up to 150MW of photovoltaic panels and 50MW of battery storage. This would be enough to power approximately 40,000 homes a year, more than half of the households in the North Lincolnshire area.

Little Crow Solar Park would be connected to the existing 132kV electrical infrastructure existing on site. A battery storage installation will be used to store the energy created so that it can be used by consumers at times of greatest need.

ABOUT US

Founded in 2009, INRG SOLAR has established itself as one of the largest developers of solar parks in the UK, responsible for the development of 30 solar parks with a capacity of almost 300 Megawatts (MW) across the country and providing enough clean electricity to power over 100,000 UK homes.

FAQ’s

WHERE IS LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?

Little Crow Solar Park is in Lincolnshire and is situated 2.5km northwest of the village of Broughton and directly to the east of the British steelworks at Scunthorpe.

WHAT IS LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?

The proposed Little Crow Solar Park is a solar photovoltaic park in Lincolnshire which will have a generating capacity of up to 150 megawatts (MW). It will generate clean, renewable energy for over 40,000 homes a year, which is more than half the number of households in the North Lincolnshire area.

The proposed site is located 2.5km to the north-west of Broughton and directly to the east of the British Steel works at Scunthorpe. Our ambition is to deliver a scheme that helps to address national and local electricity needs by providing a cost effective and renewable source of clean energy for current and future generations.

As the generation capacity of the park exceeds 50MW, the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means that the consent for the scheme is determined by the planning inspectorate.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?

  • Significant levels of annual income will be generated for Lincolnshire to invest in local services over the projected lifespan of the solar park.

  • Subsidy free. Little Crow Solar Park will not require Government subsidies. Solar is one of the most cost-effective sources of electricity generation in the UK.

  • Little Crow Solar Park would save annually 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This equivalent to 15,000 diesel cars.

  • Little crow would provide much needed power supply into the local network to support the development of local business.

  • Ensure security of supply in the Lincolnshire area through more local energy generation.

  • Solar is safe and UK energy supply will be more resilient and less reliable on imported energy (e.g gas).

  • Through bio diversity enhancements a net bio diversity gain is anticipated across the site. Solar Parks are also very beneficial to the local biodiversity click here to read recent survey

  • The land will continue in agriculture and will be grazed by sheep for the duration of the solar park.

  • Our proposal includes 50MW of battery storage. Solar power can be stored through battery storage, distributing power to the grid when demand is at its greatest.

WHAT IS A NATIONALLY IMPORTANT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT (NSIP)?

Due to the generating capacity of the solar park exceeding 50MW, the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Nationally Significant Infrastructure projects known as NSIP or DCO applications are made to the UK Governments Planning Inspectorate. In the case of energy projects the planning inspectorate act on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Any final consent award is granted by the Secretary of State for BEIS.

DCO applications are not determined by the relevant local authority, however the local authorities are significantly involved in the early planning process and maintain an essential role during the DCO application process. The local authority are also the responsible planning authority post DCO consent of the project.

WHY IS LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK IMPORTANT?

  • Due to the recognised effects of global warming and the age of our largely fossil fuel based electricity generation supply, the UK has committed to significantly increase the growth of renewable electricity generation whilst maintaining the security of supply and wholesale energy prices at acceptable levels.

  • The proposed Little Crow Solar Park aims to provide an essential part of the solution to the UK's future clean energy requirements without requiring government subsidies.

  • Little Crow Solar Park is proposing to use storage battery technologies, which would store any excess of the power produced and distribute it to the grid when it’s needed the most.

  • Almost 25% of the existing UK’s electricity generating capacity is due to close by 2024. There is a current need for new, clean, dependable and cost effective sources of electricity generation to keep UK lights on. In addition the UK’s stated climate change targets are transforming the UK's power supply to modern and clean forms of power generation. As part of this transformation we will need cost effective solar power to meet our clean energy targets.

HOW WILL THE LOCAL AREA BENEFIT?

The Little Crow Solar Park could bring substantial investment to Lincolnshire over a minimum period of 25 years. As a significant local business, Little Crow Solar Park will be contributing substantial business rates on an annual basis to the local councils. Based on current estimates of the potential generation capacity of Little Crow Solar Park, the estimated revenue generated for Lincolnshire will be in excess of £15,0000,00 over the lifetime of the solar park.

Local business will benefit from the construction and maintenance of the solar park.

WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN LITTLE CROW SOLAR PARK?

  • Proposals for the Solar Park include a solar array, which will provide clean renewable electricity to the national grid to power UK homes.

  • There will be electrical connection infrastructure to connect the solar park to the existing local 132kV electrical network on site. This is situated within the proposed solar park.

  • It is proposed to include an energy storage solution so that Little Crow Solar Park can store the Sun’s power and distribute it to the grid when it is needed the most.

  • Land will be provided for ecological mitigation and enhancement, with particular consideration to flora and fauna.

CONSULTATION

Little Crow Solar Park is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), as it is proposed to have a generating capacity exceeding 50MW. We will be applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) through the Planning Inspectorate. The application will be determined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

A DCO application is planned to be submitted in Q1 2019. Prior to this we will be commencing an extensive series of public and statutory consultations on our plans for the scheme.

PHASE ONE EVENT DETAILS

We will be hosting our Phase One community consultation events on the following dates:

  • 16th Jan 2018 Appleby Village Hall School Ln, Scunthorpe DN15 0AS

  • 17th Jan 2018 Scunthorpe Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1AB

  • 18th Jan 2018 Broughton Village Hall 59 High Street, Broughton, North Lincolnshire, DN20 0JX

Each session will be open from 2.30pm until 7.00pm

We are welcoming feedback from members of the public on our proposals at these events, or at the details provided below. Please note that the deadline for feedback during our first phase of consultation is 31st January 2018. The second phase of consultation will follow in December 2018.

NEWS UPDATE

We completed phase one drop-in sessions at Appleby village hall on the 16th January, Scunthorpe civic centre on the 17th January and Broughton village hall on the 18th January 2018. The sessions were attended by over seventy people including many District and Parish Councilors and were welcomed by all attendees. A full report will be issued with our final planning application.

Further to our phase one events and consultation with North Lincolnshire council, we have scheduled phase two of our local public consultations. These will take place in December 2018 and will be advertised via social media, local papers, national publications, and on this website prior to the event.

In addition to our public presentations, we have been working with North Lincolnshire Council and the local business community to gather a database of local enterprises who can provide goods and services during the project's construction and future maintenance. On September 12th 2018 we held a briefing at Scunthorpe Civic Centre where interested parties could visit and register their business interest in the Little Crow project. Almost one hundred business attended and all registered parties will be kept informed of developments as the project progresses through the permitting process.

If you would like to register your companies interest, simply use this link to access the registration website. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LittleC

PHASE 2 EVENT DATES

We are holding the next round of community consultation events on the following dates

  • 11th December 2018 Appleby Village Hall, School Lane Scunthorpe DN15 0AS
  • 12th December 2018 Scunthorpe Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe DN16 1AB
  • 17th December 2018 Broughton Village Hall, 59 High Street, Broughton, DN20 0JX

Each session will be open from 2.30pm until 7.00pm

Our upcoming community consultation events will allow the public the opportunity to view our full suite of consultation materials, including

  • publication version of the preliminary environmental information report (PEIR) (Draft environmental report)
  • Non technical summary that sits alongside the PEIR
  • Copies of the SOCC to be reviewed (copies can be requested by the public)
  • Display boards, photomontages
  • Community materials including maps, technical reports and plans that can be reviewed at the event.
  • copies of the section 48 notice (copy of our advert in the local newspaper)
  • project update leaflet

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