Stargoose Solar Energy Farm

Introduction to Stargoose Solar Energy Farm

Welcome to our project website for the development of a solar energy farm on Land North East of Childerley Farm.

The site has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver solar-powered electricity to the grid. The proposed development will generate 60GWh of electricity per year – enough to power up to 18,000 homes. We are also proposing to install batteries to store electricity and feed it back into the local energy network at times of high demand.

We have submitted a planning application (REF: 21/02173/FUL) to South Cambridgeshire District Council. If you have any questions about the planning application, you can get in touch with the project team via the ‘Have your say’ section below.

Welcome from Development Manager, Gareth Hawkins

100% renewable UK

The UK is committed to reducing emissions by 78% by 2035, compared to 1990 levels, and an energy target of net zero by 2050. This can only be achieved by increasing the amount of renewable electricity we generate. At present, the UK provides less than 4% of its electricity from solar. Solarcentury is sure that we can, and must, meet this target much sooner. 

The Stargoose Solar Energy Farm could be another step in the energy transition, preventing 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, and producing enough clean, renewable electricity for up to 18,000 homes. When the decision is nuclear or a fossil fuel power plant vs more solar, the choice is obvious. 

It can offer other benefits too – community grants, business rates, the potential of local supply contracts up to £400,000, and an opportunity to enhance local biodiversity, with long term habitat management being a big part of our plans. 

Read more about the benefits of solar energy farms here. 

Location

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Finding a suitable location for a solar energy project is a careful balancing act. 

This proposal is located just north of the village of Childerley, in the district of South Cambridgeshire on farmland to the southeast of the A14. Surrounding it are mainly fields and farmsteadsThis image shows the approximate location. 

This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes considering designated areas, land type and levels of solar energy. Local electricity grid connections have been analysed to identify where there is capacity to receive the amount of electricity being produced. A number of surveys have or are being carried out, such as ecology, landscape and flood risk among others to confirm that the land would be suitable for solar energy farm use. 

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About Solarcentury

Operating for over twenty years, we’re one of the world’s most respected and longstanding solar companies, with 1.3GWp of projects deployed across Europe, Latin America and Africa. 

We exist to make solar power mainstream and change the world of energy: environmentally, socially and economically. We must be well on the path to zero carbon by 2030 to avoid climate chaos. Solarcentury’s call is to political leaders and businesses, landlords, developers and communities to make the switch to solar.

In 2020 we joined forces with Statkraft in order to work together to achieve this mission, read more here.

Securing our future energy supply, maintaining and improving global living standards and ensuring a healthy environment is our legacy to future generations. Read more about Solarcentury’s position on climate chaos here.

At Stargoose Solar, Solarcentury will manage the whole process – from the early stages of community engagement, to submission of a planning application, to financing, construction and operation of the solar energy farm. 

We will engage with the local communities in advance of submitting any planning application, and we welcome community suggestions and views. 

Key figures and planned schedule

Formal pre-application consultation
January 2021
Planning application submission
May 2021
Proposed construction
2022
Proposed completion
2022

Statement of community consultation

We aim to ensure that the local community and stakeholders are well informed, and that we understand the views of the local community so we can address any issues within a proposal as far as possible.

Below are the steps that Solarcentury is taking to inform the community and invite feedback. Solarcentury will:

  • Inform local councillors and Parish Councils of the plans at an early stage in the planning process.
  • Issue a press release to the local press announcing the project.
  • Provide clear ways to contact the project team, see Have your say, below.
  • Host this project website for the duration of the project, updated regularly with information and providing the opportunity to give feedback on the project.
  • Distribute an information leaflet to local residents to launch the consultation.
  • Ensure residents can provide feedback via the dedicated Have your say section.
  • Incorporate all feedback in a community engagement report and take it into account when refining the submission.

Have your say

There are a number of ways you can contact us if you’d like to give feedback: 

  • Email us: stargoosesolar@solarcentury.com
  • Call us: 0330 363 6229
  • Write to us: Stargoose Solar, Statkraft/Solarcentury, 19th Floor, 22 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4BQ

At Solarcentury we’re committed to respecting your privacy and to complying with UK data protection and privacy laws. Our privacy policy here explains how we collect, use, share and protect personal information. Before providing feedback, please ensure you’ve read, understood and accept the privacy policy.

Gareth Hawkins

19th Floor
22 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4BQ

stargoosesolar@solarcentury.com

: +44 (0)20 3128 8788

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