Mallard Pass solar farm proposal enters second phase of public comment
A company who hopes to build a massive solar farm says soaring energy prices prove the need for sustainable options.
Windel Energy and Canadian Solar are launching a second round of public consultations today (Thursday May 26) on their plans for Mallard Pass.
The proposed solar farm would generate approximately 350 megawatts of renewable energy for the national grid.
If approved, it will be located on either side of the East Coast Main Line near Essendine and have the potential to power 92,000 homes.
Windel Energy Chief Executive Gary Toomey said, “The first quarter of 2022 demonstrated our vulnerability to energy price volatility and international energy markets and our urgent need for new energy generation infrastructure. energy, especially from clean, low-cost sources such as solar energy. .
“Our ambition is to deliver a project that provides reliable and sustainable power to the national grid while responding sensitively to the local environment, providing opportunities for surrounding communities and providing enhancements to native wildlife and biodiversity. “
The initial proposal was widely criticized for its scale and its impact on the wildlife and views of the area.
In response to public opinion and the results of environmental studies, the area proposed for solar panels and infrastructure has now been reduced by 100 hectares.
Residential buffers were added to the plan along with 108 hectares of wildflower and meadow areas and 4.7 km of trails.
This round of public consultation will last 10 weeks until Thursday August 4th. Comments can be submitted online, by mail, by phone and in person at a series of events.
The company was criticized by Rutland MP Alicia Kearns for refusing to attend a public meeting in March.
People who want to learn more and speak up can do so at the following public information events:
- Online Webinar – Friday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Essendine village hall – Saturday June 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Stamford Town Hall – Wednesday, June 29, 3-8 p.m.
- Greatford Village Hall – Thursday, June 30, 3-8 p.m.
- Ryhall Village Hall – Friday July 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Online Webinar – Tuesday, July 5, 6-8 p.m.
The area for development stretches from Essendine towards Aunby, Carlby, Braceborough, Uffington and Ryhall, and is such a large development that it will be decided by the Government Planning Inspectorate rather than Lincolnshire or Rutland .
Windel Energy and Canadian Solar are expected to submit the application to the government at the end of 2022, once the responses to the second stage consultation have been reviewed.
Full details of the project are available at: www.MallardPassSolar.co.uk
Documents will also be held and available for viewing at Essendine Village Hall, Stamford Arts Center and Ryhall Village Hall during their normal opening hours.