We are proposing to develop the Walpole Bank Solar Farm on land south west of Walpole Bank Substation, The Marsh.
Introducing Walpole Bank
It is estimated that the Walpole Bank Solar Farm will generate an estimated 76,000MWh per year. This is equivalent to providing enough power to meet the annual electrical needs of approximately 20,000 homes.
Our plans also include the construction of a battery storage system that will supply electricity to the local electricity network at times of peak energy demand and help make the renewable energy output of the solar farm a secure and reliable part of the UK energy supply.
homes powered per year (equivalent)
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The solar farm’s benefits
The main benefits of the development proposed are summarised below:
- Subsidy free. Walpole Bank will not require government subsidy.
- The project will support the transition to a low carbon future, producing significant amounts of renewable energy.
- Local suppliers. Enso Energy is committed to using local suppliers during construction and operation.
- Assist with enabling King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with local, national and international targets.
- Contribute towards the security of energy supply in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk through the provision of local, competitive renewable energy supply.
- Biodiversity enhancement and landscaping proposed across the site.
- Compared to intensive arable farming a solar farm can bring multi-functional benefits of energy production and potential to deliver biodiversity net gain for habitats and species (visit www.solar-trade.org.uk/solar-farms).
Getting to net zero
The UK Government has signed up to a Renewable Energy Directive to provide 15 per cent of energy from renewables by 2020 (based on a 2008 baseline). In addition to this, the Government has made a legal commitment to cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 (Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019).
To achieve net zero by 2050 will require a rapid and expanded deployment of low carbon power, including solar.
Enso Energy is a successful energy developer, focussed on delivering the right results for our clients, the environment and the local community. We all care about our climate, and we all care about where we live. We believe that considerate solar energy development can make both better. That’s why our holistic approach to solar energy development includes working with all our stakeholders throughout the development process.
Our team has a proven track record in developing large scale energy projects, totalling in excess of 1,500MW of distributed generation. As an independent developer we have worked across the full spectrum of energy generation and storage technologies, deploying solutions that suit each site.
Our vision and mission
At Enso Energy we are making the idea of a country run on renewable energy a reality. We are one of the UK’s most experienced energy developers. Our ambition is to use the latest solar technology to make a positive impact on our country and the communities we work with. We are firm advocates for renewable, low carbon, efficient, secure and sustainable energy that can be generated, stored and utilised locally. We are passionate about creating positive change for the UK’s energy requirements and carbon commitments.
Our innovative and entrepreneurial approach to subsidy-free renewable energy is assisting the country’s move towards a more secure renewable energy supply and accelerating our combined progress to net zero.
We held a public consultation event at which local residents were able to see our plans, learn more about our proposals and talk to the project team.
Our public consultation event was held at Walpole Community Centre, Summer Close, Wisbech, PE14 7JW on Tuesday 25th February 2020.
If you were unable to attend our public consultation event, the presentation boards are available to download: Download pdf here
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