Where will it be?
Sunnica Energy Farm is the overarching name of two solar farms – one at land south of the village of Worlington and the other south of the village of Chippenham. The proposed Sunnica Energy Farm would connect to the national electricity transmission network at Burwell, Cambridgeshire. The exact locations of the different elements of the scheme have yet to be finalized as they are still subject to ongoing environmental assessments. However, we will make this information public when these are concluded.
How will the Farm work?
The Sunnica Energy Farm will use ground mounted photovoltaic panel arrays to generate electricity from the sun and combine these with electrical battery storage technology. The aim is to ensure that as little energy as possible is wasted. The farm will be connected to the national electricity transmission network by an underground cable.
How much energy will be generated?
We are looking to create an energy farm that will deliver up to up to 500MW of renewable energy. This is sufficient to power approximately 100,000 homes.
How big will it be?
This will depend upon the final specification of the Sunnica Energy Farm but there is a direct correlation between the amount of land we require and the level of energy we are able to produce. We will publish the size of the proposed site as soon as we are in a position to do so.
What is the planning process?
Due to its generating capacity, Sunnica Energy Farm will be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). The necessary land will therefore need to be obtained through a Development Consent Order (DCO) which includes a Public Examination Process. You can find out more about NSIPS and DCOs here.