Welcome to Burwell Solar Farm

In August 2020 East Cambridgeshire District Council granted planning permission for Burwell Solar Farm.

The 80 hectare site located in Burwell in south east Cambridgeshire will have a generating capacity of 49.8 MW and will connect directly to the national grid substation at Burwell. 

The site is in the preparation and construction stage, with the expectation that first generation will be in Q4 2022, with the solar farm becoming fully operational by March 2023.

Burwell Solar Farm will be an important source of low carbon electricity and will:

  • Meet the average annual domestic electricity requirements of up to 9,500 households*
  • Support the UK Government to meet its decarbonisation targets to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050
  • Result in a saving of approximately 21,641** tonnes of CO2 emissions each year

 

** Based upon BEIS’s “all fossil fuels” emissions statistic of 450 tonnes of carbon dioxide per GWh of electricity supplied in the Digest of UK Energy Statistics (published July 2020, p96).

The project will support the UK Government to meet its decarbonisation targets to reduce net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. 

Environment

EDF Renewables has developed a biodiversity management plan, which will deliver benefits for wildlife. The existing hedgerows and trees will be retained and protected during construction. In addition to this, 1.34 kms of new native hedgerows will be planted, and existing hedgerows will be improved. 18,000m2 (1.8 hectares) of new reedbeds will be created along the perimeter of the site.

These, together with the creation of species-rich grassland beneath and surrounding the solar panels, will benefit birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Once the grassland is established it will be managed by sheep grazing or mowed.

Community

EDF Renewables is committed to delivering local benefits and working in partnership with local communities. For the lifespan of the Burwell Solar Farm, we will provide an annual community benefit fund of £20,000, to be spent on improvements in the local area and investment in local people. In total, the proposal could deliver a potential community benefit contribution of £800,000 over the lifetime of the project.

The management and administration of the funds will require further engagement with the local community over the coming months.

A Community Liaison Group will be set up and meet regularly during construction of the solar farm.

Burwell Solar Timeline

  • August 2020 – Planning permission approved 
  • November 2020 – The project was acquired by EDF Renewables 
  • Spring 2021 – Environmental and ecological planning conditions discharge underway
  • June 2022 – Construction to begin
  • Q4 2022 – Energy generation begins
  • March 2023 – Burwell Solar Farm is fully operational

 

The Burwell Solar Farm project team can be contacted by email at burwell@edf-re.uk.