Permission sought for solar farm and battery storage facility

A solar farm with the capacity to supply clean, renewable energy to around 16,000 homes is to be developed on land between the villages of Preston and Bilton if approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

Beverley-based developer Gamcap has submitted a planning application for the scheme, proposed for land bordering Neat Marsh Road, Wyton Road, and Old Fleet drain. 

The 49.99MW solar farm, called the Wyton Road Renewable Energy Project, will consist of photovoltaic cells and an advanced Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) with a capacity of up to 20MVA. 

The battery storage ensures excess power generated in daylight can be stored and delivered when needed most, even at night.

Douglas Gardner, director of Gamcap, said the Wyton Road Renewable Energy Project will strengthen the Humber region’s reputation as a global leader in renewable technologies.

The solar farm will connect to the National Grid via the Saltend substation, which is on the bank of the Humber Estuary north of the village of Paull. 

Gardner said: “The East Riding of Yorkshire is likely to be badly impacted by climate change because it is vulnerable to flooding and costal erosion, two things that are being accelerated by the problem. 

“Therefore, it is essential we act to reduce carbon emissions on a regional, national, and global scale as quickly as possible.

“The Wyton Renewable Road Energy Project will generate enough electricity to power around 16,000 average-sized family homes without creating any carbon emissions. 

“The carbon emissions saved by this scheme each year are the equivalent to planting more than 1,000,000 trees or taking some 7,000 cars off the road.”

If planning permission for the project is granted, work is likely to start on site towards the end of 2024. The build time is estimated to be between 9-12 months.

Chris Isard, director of Gamcap, said as well as creating the solar farm, the company would be making a number of ecological improvements to the site.

He added: “We are committed to increasing biodiversity in all shapes and forms. To this end, we will be planting native trees and hedgerows around the perimeter of the site as this will shield it from view, as well as providing new habitat for birds and mammals, and absorbing atmospheric carbon.”

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