Projects under development and construction
These are the latest project updates for Soay Solar Farm and Greener Grid Park
We have submitted an application to make some minor changes to the original planning permission for the project.
A Section 73 planning amendment has been submitted (application reference: 23/03116/STVAR) to facilitate minor changes to the original planning permission, including updating the layout of the batteries, relocation of the sustainable drainage system and adjusting the design of the perimeter fencing to our battery storage systems and Greener Grid Park.
We will keep this website updated as construction progresses and if we submit any further design amendments. If you have any questions about construction, or would like to receive project news via email updates, please contact us.
Residents have been provided with a project update and informed how to contact us as construction commences. The project is being implemented in three stages, and at this time we can share information on Phase 1. The first two phases are limited to a relatively small portion of the site.
Three Phases of Construction
- Phase 1, 2023-2024: Site mobilisation and grid connection
- Phase 2, 2024-2025: Greener Grid Park construction
- Phase 3, 2025: Solar Farm construction
Phase 1: Site Mobilisation and Grid Connection
The purpose of this phase is to build a HV connection point before the construction of the Greener Grid Park and Solar Farm commences. The site entrance is located past the National Grid substation and vehicles will be accessing the site from Melbourne Road. We expect the works for this initial phase will be complete by the end of 2024. Note that there are works being carried out at the neighbouring site by National Grid, which is separate to our project.
A variety of goods and services will be required throughout construction - you can register your interest or recommend a local company via our suppliers register.
We will keep this website updated as construction progresses. If you have any questions about construction, or would like to receive project news via email updates, get in touch.
We are aware of a road closure sign which has recently been erected locally. This has not been organised by us and is not an area where we intend to do any works. We are investigating what this relates to and will share an update as soon as this becomes available.
Please be reassured that we are committed to keeping the community up to date on project-related information.
This year we have been busy progressing the many aspects required to enable construction. This includes some pre-commencement site investigation works that are now starting to be carried out.
Before construction we need to undertake assessments to establish ground conditions and the presence of anything of archaeological interest. This involves digging sample boreholes and, in relation to archaeology, “trial trenches” at multiple locations across the site.
This work will take approximately six weeks to complete and is carried out fairly early in the programme in order to:
- Identify the presence of anything of archaeological interest
- Contribute to research and knowledge of local history and where relevant, plan for the preservation of anything found
- Reduce the chances of delay during construction should archaeological features be found.
Whilst the start of this work could appear that construction activity has commenced, we want to assure the public that these are short term pre-commencement surveys. We will keep this website updated as details become available regarding construction, or you can email us at email@example.com to be added to our mailing list.
We are delighted that our plans for a new solar energy farm and Greener Grid Park have been approved by East Riding District Council.
The new development will generate enough electricity to power 18,000 homes, boost the production of domestic energy and accelerate the UK’s transition to net-zero.
We would like to thank everyone who engaged with us throughout the planning process and provided feedback. We are committed to being a good neighbour and look forward to continuing to engage positively with the local community and stakeholders.
Statkraft’s Low Emissions Scenario is an extensive analysis of the energy market moving towards 2050. Learn all about it here.
We have carefully considered all feedback submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s consultation on our planning application as well as feedback from parish meetings.
We are delighted to make several changes to the plans, making sure that the proposals reflect community priorities.
The changes include:
Removal of panels near Warren Farm Cottages
As requested by residents, we have removed panels from field N2, which will remain available for agricultural use. This will further preserve the wellbeing of local residents in and around Warren Farm.
Moving of construction compound
The temporary construction compound for the solar farm has been moved 135m north, even further away from Warren Farm. This will now be more than 340m from the nearest residential property, minimising any disturbance to local people.
Amendment of construction access route
The proposed access route for construction and operation has been amended, as requested by local residents, so it will not pass close to properties at Warren Farm. Vehicles associated with the Development will no longer travel along the section of the Public Right of Way closest to Warren Farm
Removal of equipment close to power lines
At the request of National Grid, no above-ground infrastructure is now proposed within the maximum swing distance of overhead powerlines on the site, to ensure there are no barriers to maintenance.
Whilst unrelated to the design changes and not a material consideration for planning, improvements have been made to the community benefits package which was set out in the Community Benefit Statement previously submitted.
In addition to the first-year sum of £65,000 for community projects, an ongoing fund of £20,000 per annum throughout the life of the project and will be made available starting from the second year of operation. This fund will be directed towards projects that support the transition to renewable energy, help to reduce fuel poverty and/or support the electrification of transport in the area.
A full list of amendments to the planning application can be downloaded from the ‘Planning Application Documents’ section.
Solar Energy UK have released a new report highlighting the benefits of harnessing the sun’s power.
Statkraft has now submitted a planning application to East Riding District Council for a new Solar Farm and Greener Grid Park between the parishes of Allerthorpe and Thornton (application reference 21/04505/STPLF(External link)).
In the last 100 years bumblebee populations have crashed, with two species becoming extinct in the UK.
For the sixth consecutive year, Statkraft have released its Low Emissions Scenario - an analysis of the energy world towards 2050.
The Soay Solar Farm and Greener Grid Park are often talked about in the same breath, but whereas they are certainly complimentary, they are in fact, different projects.
As a passive process, solar energy generation is one of the quietest ways to create renewable electricity and with extensive screening proposed for the Soay Solar Farm and the Greener Grid Park, we are committed to ensuring the developments impact on people’s lives in a positive way.
Through this project, we are proud to be supporting the Rare Breeds Survival Trust(External link). This project is named after the Soay breed, classified as "At Risk" on the sheep watchlist.
A website has been launched today to share details of an exciting new renewable energy project near Thornton, East Riding of Yorkshire.