Aura Power are working on a solar farm on land to the west of Grimsby with a capacity of up to 49.9MW (Megawatts). The solar farm will be built without subsidy and could generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 27,200 homes, saving around 25,100 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.
With North East Lincolnshire at the heart of the Green Energy Revolution, Grimsby Solar Farm will not only increase the supply of clean power, it will help to reduce national power prices whilst decarbonising the economy. As a local business, our solar farm will also be contributing over £100,000 in business rates to North East Lincolnshire council every year.
We are also offering a Community Benefit Fund of £400 per MW per year (index-linked), for the lifetime of the solar farm, amounting to £20,000 a year for 35 years or £700,000 in total used locally for social, educational and environmental projects. Educational sessions with local schools and site visits to the solar farm are also offered as part of the fund.
November 2022 - The planning application has been approved by North East Lincolnshire Council. You can view our press release here.
Construction is not anticipated to start until 2024 and local community members will be notified when construction dates are confirmed.
On the 16th February we held a Pre-Planning Public Consultation Webinar and Q&A session event where we outlined the proposal and answered questions from the local community.
Design Finalised and Planning Application Submitted. We will consider all community feedback from the Public Consultation before finalising the design, ready for submission.
The Planning Decision is expected within 13 weeks of the date of submission.
Planning application approved
Construction is expected to start. The local community will be notified when dates are confirmed.
Consulting with the local community is a very important part of our development process and we will continue to keep the local community updated through the construction phases. If you are a local resident and would like to discuss any elements of the project, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
We have been undertaking a number of environmental and visual surveys to help shape our design. We understand that solar farms represent a change to the landscape and our proposal aims to reduce the impact as far as possible. Our proposal offers a number of ecological and local benefits as well as a continued agricultural use with sheep being able to graze beneath the panels.
Our aim is to locate the solar farm appropriately and as sensitively as possible to the surroundings. This site has been selected for a number of reasons which include but are not limited to:
• Nearby grid connection with sufficient capacity
• The site can be screened largely with existing trees and hedgerows, and where views are possible, new vegetation is proposed to mitigate this
• Good access and the land is relatively flat
• The site is not covered by any landscape designations
• There are good levels of solar irradiation in this part of England
• Two wind turbines and large overhead powerlines already on site
The below simulations show the projected views before and after the solar farm has been built and the proposed planting has grown to around 4m in height.
Your feedback is very important to us. Please leave a comment and one of our project team will get back to you as soon as possible.