Boom Power secure planning permission for 49.9 MW solar project in Yorkshire

Boom Power has secured planning approval to construct a solar farm with a generating capacity of 49.9 megawatts on approximately 94 hectares of land, located near Hull, East Yorkshire.
Boom Power secure planning permission for 49.9 MW solar project in Yorkshire
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Kenley Solar Farm will assist the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Climate Change Strategy 2022-2030 which commits to delivering net zero and building resilience across East Riding. The approval of renewable energy projects such as Kenley Solar Farm will propel the mitigation of carbon emissions to net zero and enable a more robust approach to the impacts of an ever-changing climate. Most importantly, while the challenges are great, East Riding have embraced the opportunity to lead by example to facilitate change, kickstarting rapid action.  

As with all Boom Power projects, emphasis on achieving a net biodiversity gain is at the forefront of the design process. Kenley Solar Farm has been assessed using an industry standard methodology and concludes that the development will result in an onsite net increase of 77 percent in biodiversity units, 108 percent increase in hedgerow units and lastly a 14 percent increase in river units. This is well above the accepted minimum of 10 percent (which is expected to become a national policy requirement in the near future).

These statistics highlight the meticulous development process each project is subjected to, whereby the landowners, the local community and industry professionals come together to shape each project. Boom Power prides itself on achieving the very best solution by generating an end result that whilst maximises electricity output, has consideration for the wider environment.

“It is imperative to the ethos of our business that we work in partnership with the council and community to obtain a transparent approach” said Mark Hogan, Founder of Boom Power. “I have every confidence that this project portrays a collaborative effort on all fronts and that as a team, we have endeavored to meet the highest standard solar farm. We have a long-term commitment to Kenley Solar Farm whereby we aim to oversee the construction phase which is anticipated to commence mid-2023, timelines will largely be driven by the final grid connection dates, Boom Power will run as fast as the ability to export energy allows.”

Jan Kruger, Managing Director of Pelion Green Future, Boom Power’s joint venture shareholder and partner, said that vast deployment of renewable energy is vital for energy security and economic growth and that by reducing the dependence on imported gas and increasing the proportion of the energy mix that comes from renewable sources, the UK energy market would with no doubt, hold greater stability.

“Projects such as this play a huge part in securing environmental and financial performance” added Mr Kruger. “Boom Power are pioneers of the solar sector, driving forward the transition to a stable, resilient, and climate-friendly landscape. It is a very exciting time for renewables.”

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