Where will it be?
Sunnica Energy Farm is a proposed new energy farm connecting to the Burwell National Grid substation in Cambridgeshire. It would be located across three separate sites – Sunnica East, located close to Worlington and Freckenham, Sunnica West A, located close to Chippenham, and Sunnica West B, located close to Snailwell. These will be connected to each other and the substation using underground cables. You can view the site’s location here.
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.
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.
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.
How can I share my views?
We conducted a period of non-statutory consultation on our proposals earlier in 2019. We are now considering all responses to the consultation and will present updated proposals as part of a statutory consultation in 2020.