Hive Energy Ltd and Wirsol Energy Ltd have initiated a second phase of consultation for a 350-MW-plus, subsidy-free solar project on the north Kent coast in England.
Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd, a joint venture between the two companies, is expecting feedback on an updated proposal until July 13, 2018. Once this phase concludes, the company will make an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in late summer or early autumn. The final decision is not expected to come before 2020.
After receiving feedback during the first round of consultation in December 2017, the developers have removed solar panels from certain parts of the project site to mitigate views from neighbouring properties. They have also included various biodiversity improvements and habitat mitigation.
Hive Energy said that the Cleve Hill solar park will be the first such facility to be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).
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