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  • ‘Build Britain’s biggest solar farm elsewhere’ (10 August 2018) - Great to see that Canterbury city councillors “have written to the Energy Secretary in a bid to halt plans for the UK’s largest solar park in their district.” Source Kent Online article ‘Canterbury councillors fighting solar farm plans in Graveney’ by Lydia Chantler-Hicks: ‘Build Britain’s biggest solar farm elsewhere’ The article explains: Campaigners fighting plans... Continue Reading →
  • What needs to change to combat climate change? (3 August 2018) - A recent Vice.com article points out that cleaner technology is essential if we are to have any long term future, but it’s only one piece of a transition with potential to restructure our planet-ravaging economic system. The article asks people to think about what the world might look like if we’d all stopped arguing about... Continue Reading →
  • Make it compulsory for all new homes in England and Wales to have solar panels (2 August 2018) - We’ve been clear that we’re in favour of renewable energy, and indeed we’re in favour of solar – done the right way and in the right place. This petition on gov.uk makes a lot of sense… https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/218223 Solar panels reduce bills by allowing homes to generate some of their own electricity. Installing solar during construction... Continue Reading →
  • Black Winged Stilts successfully raised on North Kent Farms (1 August 2018) - From Carol Donaldson, a well known Environmental Consultant and published author, an article that shows how vital North Kent Farms are to the wildlife in the area. Note the reference to Oare Marshes which are right next door to Graveney, Nagden and Cleve Marshes. I can report that numbers of fledged lapwing chicks from North... Continue Reading →
  • What happens next? (1 August 2018) - Now that the Second Phase Consultation period has drawn to a close – what happens next? The specific next steps are contingent on when exactly the developers submit their application – we expect this to be at the end of August. If this happens, then the next three to four months will be about the... Continue Reading →
  • Responses to the 2nd phase consultation (31 July 2018) - It’s been a couple of weeks since the 2nd phase consultation closed on the auspicious date Friday 13th July 2018. There was a huge amount of activity in the run up to this date as the various groups, organisations and official bodies all got their formal responses ready. At the same time the public were... Continue Reading →
  • Helen Whately: “The local impact is simply unacceptable” (12 July 2018) - Local residents have today received a very supportive letter from our local representative, Helen Whateley MP. The letter shows clearly her opposition to what is being proposed.
  • The Faversham Society’s Concerns (12 July 2018) - The Faversham Society has grave concerns about the negative environmental and amenity impact of the solar power station being proposed at Cleve Hill and across the surrounding marshes. There are alternative brownfield sites available, and distributed generation is both possible and more desirable.
  • The most peaceful place I know… (12 July 2018) - Some more lovely pictures from another campaign supporter who said: “the most peaceful place I know, teeming with wildlife, and they want to destroy it.” Please remember to respond to the 2nd phase consultation – you have just over 33 hours left!
  • Wildlife Haven or Desert? (6 July 2018) - Yesterday I came across something unexpected – I had kept a copy of the “Biodiversity Management and Monitoring Plan” submitted by developers in 2015 before they plonked a small solar panel installation on good farmland at Abbey Fields, Faversham.  It’s a wonderful read, about how they all love bunnies and the place will become so... Continue Reading →
  • More profit for greenfield exploitation (5 July 2018) - A recent news article shows that the developers are already looking forward to getting more energy out of the power station. Hive Energy told an industry audience last week that it believes technological improvements mean its planned Kent solar farm will have 14% more capacity than originally conceived. The Cleve Hill scheme could have a... Continue Reading →
  • Devil in the detail (5 July 2018) - If you haven't yet read all 2,303 pages of the PEIR, then here are 46 easy-to-access snippets of content from the 'Volume IIA Figures' report.
  • How to object (3 July 2018) - Check out our ‘how to object‘ page where you’ll find helpful information and links.
  • Drone footage of the greenfield site (3 July 2018) - The human eye can see much more than the camera, which is why many of the images that developers have used do not do the landscape any justice at all.  So we commissioned some drone footage to more clearly the scale and beauty of the site.
  • A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment (3 July 2018) - The developers are keen to point at the Industrial Strategy and the Clean Growth Strategy. But hang on! This is supposed to be a green initiative isn't it? Find out why the developers have not information about the government's 25 Year Green plan.
  • GREAT Community Event! (2 July 2018) - A huge thank you to everyone who came along to our Community Event in the All Saints Church on Saturday 30th June. There were so many people who made the effort to turn up and find out the real truth about the proposal, rather than the PR-laden information that we've been fed by the developers.
  • The Canterbury District Green Infrastructure Strategy – have your say (21 June 2018) - An urgent request: please take a few minutes to have a look at Canterbury Green Infrastructure Strategy and respond by 5pm tomorrow 22 June 2018.
  • June 17th is ‘World Day to Combat Desertification’ (16 June 2018) - Sunday 17th June is the World Day to Combat Desertification organised by the United Nations. Unbelievably this is relevant to the UK because the land below the solar panels will be starved of sunlight and rainfall and dried out due to something called PVHI.
  • Graveney Community Day (16 June 2018) - Graveney Rural Environment Action Team (GREAT), is hosting its own Community Event at the All Saints Church in Graveney on Saturday 30th June from 10:00 to 14:00. No developers, just local people, independent experts, and some of our elected representatives.
  • The Cleve Hill Mega Battery proposal (14 June 2018) - Is this proposal a 'greenwash' for hiding the fact that Cleve Hill Solar Park are really intending to build the world's biggest battery?
  • Solar farm plans in Faversham increase to 1,000 acres (13 June 2018) - A massive solar farm proposed near Faversham could be even bigger than originally feared. As the second round of public consultation begins, the developers behind Cleve Hill Solar Park in Graveney have revealed the site would now total 1,000 acres.
  • Public events – now on – have your say! (13 June 2018) - The Phase Two consultation events are now on. You can view the full suite of consultation materials on the detailed proposals for Cleve Hill Solar Park. It's your chance to have your say. The events are happening now - from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th June.
  • Chris Packham warns of ‘ecological apocalypse’ in Britain (11 June 2018) - From today’s Guardian an article in which Chris Packham warns of ‘ecological apocalypse’ in Britain Chris Packham warns that we are presiding over “an ecological apocalypse” and Britain is increasingly “a green and unpleasant land”. Since Packham first became passionate about birds, in 1970, Britain has lost 90 million wild birds, with turtle doves (down 95% since... Continue Reading →
  • Panoramic views? (9 June 2018) - There are some huge files uploaded by Cleve Hill as part of their consultation information, and it can be really difficult to access them. The visualisations specifically are large in both file size and format. So we’ve made a few of them more accessible here. Don’t forget that these are just visualisations, and in our... Continue Reading →
  • Sign our petition (9 June 2018) - Lots of folk have asked if they can show their support by signing a petition, so we’ve set one up online: Save Graveney Marshes habitat and wildlife from obliteration by 1 MILLION solar panels! Please sign it if you care about our coastal countryside!
  • Advice for the local community from The Planning Inspectorate (9 June 2018) - Tucked away on the the Planning Inspectorate’s website is a useful document which provides advice for the local community about the ‘pre-application’ consultation. This is the stage we’re at right now, so this could come in handy… The six page PDF explains: what the pre-application stage means the status of this consultation the things that... Continue Reading →
  • Forget solar, it’s about a mega-mega-battery (5 June 2018) - Hopefully by now, you know that we’re in the six week consultation period in which we can explore some of the details that will be included in the final application. Previously, the profit-motivated Cleve Hill Solar Park (CHSP) developers mentioned that they wanted to include a storage facility, but were only able to provide a simplistic... Continue Reading →
  • Risk to Schedule 1 birds on Seasalter levels (3 June 2018) - Today we republish an article from an RSPB blog. It provides a fascinating insight into the birds of area just next to the proposed solar power station. In this one article I counted six Schedule 1 birds: Snow Bunting, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Bearded Tit, and Cetti’s Warbler. There is a choice for the... Continue Reading →
  • Take your time filling in the survey (2 June 2018) - The Phase 2 consultation includes a survey that you can fill in. Some people will have had a paper copy in the post, and for the rest of us the online version is available via the developer’s site. Please don’t feel that you have to fill this in and send it off immediately. There’s a... Continue Reading →
  • Last consultation before the application (31 May 2018) - The 'Phase Two formal consultation' information is now available on the developer's website. Phase Two runs from 31 May until 13th July, and this is the last chance to comment on the 'work in progress' before the application itself is submitted in about mid-August.
  • Is this ‘Sea of Plastic’ our future too? (24 May 2018) - Have you heard of the 'Sea of Plastic' that surrounds the Spanish city of El Ejido? It's on the southern coast of Spain opposite Morocco, and shows what happens when commercial interests take over the countryside. 
  • Great CPRE article and support (12 May 2018) - Our CPRE magazine has popped through the letterbox with a well-written and well-informed article about the proposal. And thanks for distributing our leaflet to members too! As a campaigning organisation CPRE has a fantastic track record of defeating speculators who want to despoil our countryside in the pursuit of profits. Please become a member of... Continue Reading →
  • As high as a double-decker bus (11 May 2018) - The east-west layout is one of the many important elements of this proposal that needs to be understood. It is favoured by the developers because it affords a denser layout of panels, covering more of the ground with solar panels. In the words of one of the directors “We just realised how much more we... Continue Reading →
  • Dates for 2nd phase of consultations finally announced – sort of (10 May 2018) - Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd have announced the dates for the second phase of consultation in this ‘pre-application’ stage. They’ve sent letters to some of the local residents with the following details: Wednesday 13 June from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Ferry House Inn, Harty Ferry Road, Harty, ME12 4BQ Thursday 14 June from 1.30pm to... Continue Reading →
  • Europe is facing “biodiversity oblivion” on its farmland (3 May 2018) - We cannot allow the numerous skylarks, lapwings, brent geese, marsh harriers and many other creatures to be forced out of their home by the proposed industrialisation of this coastal countryside.
  • 82 green transformer cabins (25 April 2018) - There could be around 82 transformer cabins on the site. These are each half the size of a shipping container and could be situated on top of rafts.
  • Still no news about phase 2 public consultations (24 April 2018) - No news from the developers so we've updated the website's countdowns. Estimated date for public phase 2 consultations: 26th May 2018 and submission of the actual application: 15th September 2018.
  • East/west oriented solar panels (23 April 2018) - The impact of orienting solar panels in a dense east/west orientation would provide more profit for the developer, but at what cost to the environment?
  • Sustainable Energy – without the hot air (21 March 2018) - Having written the previous article about solar or nuclear, I thought I’d better check my facts and I came across a very interesting book called Sustainable Energy – without the hot air (available free online) by the late Professor David MacKay from the University of Cambridge and Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.... Continue Reading →
  • Do you want another nuclear power station? (20 March 2018) - Just how big would a solar power station have to be to replace a nuclear power station?
  • Small is beautiful, says UK’s largest solar fund (19 March 2018) - An article on 'the energyst' shows that not all solar companies think that town-sized solar power stations are the way to go...
  • Even the Green Party oppose Cleve Hill Solar Farm (17 March 2018) - When Cleve Hill’s industrial scale solar farm was proposed on the open landscape of the North Kent Marshes Declan Wiffen felt quite conflicted.
  • “We just realised how much more we could get” (12 March 2018) - The developers now expect to fit more than 1 million panels onto the 400-hectare site. “We just realised how much more we could get on the site for an east-west layout,” Hive’s Hugh Brennan said.
  • Is Graveney the right location for such a large solar development? (4 March 2018) - Despite the rapid increase in solar farms, little research has been conducted on their impact on biodiversity or ecological implications.  The majority of research found was commissioned by renewable companies, and no research was found on solar panels positioned with dual orientation.  This clearly demonstrates that more focussed research is required.
  • A 300MW development in Spain (2 March 2018) - Have a look at this video of what a 300MW solar park could look like. It's still smaller than the 350MW monster planned for Graveney, but it shows a visual of the sort of thing that could be coming.
  • As big as Faversham (1 March 2018) - We've talked many times about the massive, monster scale of this proposal. This is not your normal sized solar park. Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd are taking an industrial-scale approach to solar.
  • Abbey Fields Solar Farm (27 February 2018) - A solar farm that many from Faversham may already know is the Abbey Fields Solar Farm, developed in August 2016. This is just 5MW in size compared to the 350MW proposed for Cleve Hill.
  • Water voles in the news (26 February 2018) - The Wildlife Trusts are in the news today with the publication of a new report that points to 30% decline in water vole distribution over ten years.
  • “It’s a wonderful place to walk” (24 February 2018) - I attended a consultation meeting on Thursday in the Graveney Village Hall. It was organised by the developers in order to show elected officials the latest thinking about the proposed development. This is part of a second phase of consultations – the developers did the first phase in December last year. The first phase of... Continue Reading →
  • A sunny pic (24 February 2018) - Thanks to Rebecca Etheridge for sharing this great shot with us. I asked her if she had more images of the marsh area and this is what she said: “I can not put into words how I feel about this and intend to try and capture the marsh which we love so much.”
  • From Oare looking at Nagden (22 February 2018) - Beautiful views across to #NagdenMarshes from the Sea Wall Hide at #Oare NatureReserve. No tall fences. No 3 metre high solar panels. #clevehillsolar #toobig #scaleitback A post shared by D (@dmw86) on Feb 22, 2018 at 11:26am PST
  • Views from near and far (21 February 2018) - Thanks to Nadege Martin from Faversham for sharing these great images of the area with us. “Just a few of my pictures, to two are from Estuary View Medical Centre. Another is just past Sportsman and also from Shipwrights arms.”  
  • Thanet Earth is four times smaller (20 February 2018) - Kent residents will know of Thanet Earth – “the UK’s largest, most high-tech greenhouse complex”. The site includes “vast” greenhouses growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. This is a business that has “exceptional green credentials”. Much like solar of course! But, this is what a business with “exceptional green credentials” can look like in real life when... Continue Reading →
  • A historical map view of Graveney and Nagden Marshes (17 February 2018) - Lovely side-by-side comparison of old and new in this interactive website from National Library of Scotland. You can compare maps of the Graveney and Nagden Marshes as far back as 1885. Compare a selection of historic maps to modern map or satellite layers Access the site here: Side by side georeferenced maps viewer – Map images... Continue Reading →
  • Subsidy free is possible at only 10 MW in size (12 February 2018) - The Cleve Hill Solar Park developers are planning a massive 350 MW power station on the fields outside Faversham. This proposed development is so big in fact that it is the same size as the town of Faversham itself. The developers say that this is the only scale at which they can operate in a... Continue Reading →
  • All you will see are solar panels as far as the horizon (12 February 2018) - A view from emwilco on Instagram
  • The scale of UK solar (10 February 2018) - This article looks at the official facts available online about the solar industry to examine the UK’s solar industry. First a graph from an Excel doc about UK Solar Deployment by capacity via the UK Government’s National Statistics service Note how 46% – less than half – comes from what they call “large scale installations”... Continue Reading →
  • Common lizard (9 February 2018) - We spotted this Common Lizard in a shot from 2014 on Instagram by Mike Roberts with the hashtag #nagden. Mike notes that the lizard is not on the proposed development site, but nearby in the ‘sheep field’. Nevertheless, its a great shot of the kind of wildlife that flourishes in the area. Common lizard. #reptile... Continue Reading →
  • A gaggle of geese (8 February 2018) - This instagram video from @actualcoolkent taken a week ago shows the glorious nature of our Swale Estuary (pun intended). A couple of birds hanging out on the Estuary today! A gaggle of geese I believe Bill Oddie would say. A post shared by Helen and Tim (@actualcoolkent) on Feb 8, 2018 at 9:50am PST
  • Faversham Society: specific and serious concerns (8 February 2018) - Unlike some organisations, the Faversham Society did provide a response to the first round consultation which closed on 22 December 2017. The Faversham Society supports the development of renewable energy recognising its importance in reducing carbon emissions. However, the Society has some specific and serious concerns about the scale of the Cleve Hill Solar Park... Continue Reading →
  • Follow this site via email (7 February 2018) - Did you know you can receive an email every time we update this site? Simply fill in your details in the form which you’ll find down at the bottom of the page.
  • “See-through solar could enable a shift away from bulky solar panels” (6 February 2018) - Solar technology has improved hugely over the years, and as the tech gets better, the price also falls. Big developers like Cleve Hill Solar and their investment banker backers can see a route to profit and are proposing to cover our landscape with solar panels. But are traditional solar panels the way forwards? And should... Continue Reading →
  • Helen Whately: “I’m seriously worried about scale of solar farm” (4 February 2018) - From Helen Whateley’s site on 1 February 2018 https://www.helenwhately.org.uk/news/im-seriously-worried-about-scale-solar-farm Many people have contacted me about the proposal for a solar park at Cleve Hill in Graveney. Like most people who I have spoken to or who have written to me, I am keen to see more of our energy coming from renewable sources. But I... Continue Reading →
  • Nagden Marsh (3 February 2018) - Nagden Marsh A post shared by emwilco (@emwilco) on Feb 3, 2018 at 8:33am PST
  • Janet Street-Porter: “ghastly proposal to cover 890 acres of this lovely wetland with panels” (3 February 2018) - Jane Street-Porter wrote a piece for the Independent back in November in which she said: Clean energy companies will destroy our land for a profit Yesterday I picked apples from ancient trees and listened to the sound of geese and waders. Now, there’s a ghastly proposal to cover 890 acres of this lovely wetland with... Continue Reading →
  • The Scoping Report – what does it cover? (28 January 2018) - As we touched on in a previous post, a Scoping Report gets submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. In the words of the developer: This will present the development proposals and will describe how we will assess any potential impacts to the existing environment. The feedback that Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd receives on this document from the... Continue Reading →
  • Covered edge to edge in solar panels? (28 January 2018) - Sadly foreshortening does not give the true scale of this landscape….which Wirsol and Hive Energy want to cover edge to edge with solar panels. And this shot captures about 1/8th of the total scheme #clevehillsolar #graveney #faversham #saxonshoreway A post shared by emwilco (@emwilco) on Jan 28, 2018 at 6:00am PST
  • The ‘Community Project Update’ has arrived (27 January 2018) - Fresh on the doormat this morning – the Community Project Update leaflet has arrived, along with a letter from Hugh Brennan. The eight page A5 glossy leaflet reminds us about the community consultation events that happened in December. It extols the potential benefits of the project. It analyses the feedback, including analysing how informative the... Continue Reading →
  • Swale Borough Council had no comments to make on 109 pages of the scoping report (26 January 2018) - Interesting to find that Swale Borough Council had no comments to make on the Scoping Report [PDF link] for the project. This is despite the fact that: the scoping report is 109 pages long, goes into a great amount of detail, and mentions “swale borough” 21 times. And yet – no comment? Thanks to Emma... Continue Reading →
  • Examining the “s51 advice” (22 January 2018) - In Friday’s post I started looking into what is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. It was quite a long post and had many links and acronyms – sorry! The world of planning is complex and process-driven, so I thought it would be useful to start looking at the detail of all this in a series of... Continue Reading →
  • What is National Infrastructure? (19 January 2018) - Warning: this article contains acronyms The Cleve Hill Solar Park proposal exceeds 50MW in scale. This is so huge that it qualifies as a “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP)”. There’s a process for this… Cleve Hill Solar Park explains in their literature that they will be “applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) through the Planning Inspectorate.... Continue Reading →
  • The Last Battle Fought on British Soil – The Battle of Graveney Marsh (17 January 2018) - Did you know that The Battle of Graveney Marsh was the last battle to take place on British soil involving a foreign enemy? Some great pictures here from Instagram as a slideshow: The Last Battle Fought on British Soil🇬🇧- The Battle of Graveney Marsh _ The Battle of Graveney Marsh was the last battle to... Continue Reading →
  • More views from the marsh (15 January 2018) - Thanks to Declan for sharing these great shots of the marsh. The first few are from back in October: And these ones are from May on a walk of the Saxon Shore Way from The Sportsman round to Nagden Marsh  
  • Kent Wildlife Trust’s view (15 January 2018) - Here’s what Kent Wildlife Trust think. See the full article here: http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/planning/cleve-hill-solar-park How is it different from other solar parks? Cleve Hill Solar Park is huge. It is about five times bigger than anything else currently built or planned in the UK. Most notably it is also of a very different design to other solar... Continue Reading →
  • A view without solar panels (14 January 2018) - This is the view of Graveney and Nagden Marshes today. No solar panels yet. Eventually this entire area could be covered. Please share via social and add your views in the comments.
  • Timelapse construction of a 39MW solar farm (14 January 2018) - A company called Kinetica built a 39MW solar farm and produced a timelapse of the construction. The finished site, which is 1/10 the size of the Cleve Hill proposal, looks like this:
  • How huge does subsidy-free need to be? (13 January 2018) - How big is huge? This article from Solar Power Portal describes 120MW as a huge solar farm: Second huge solar farm in the works as INRG plots 120MW post-subsidy array | Solar Power Portal
  • Why oppose a solar park? (2 January 2018) - We agree that solar is a better source of energy than things like coal, oil, and gas. So find out why we are opposed to this development.
  • Looking lovely out there today as the light fell (1 January 2018) -
  • Please count the wildlife and report it! (1 January 2018) - The 1981 Wildlife & Countryside Act makes it illegal to disturb wild birds, their nests, their eggs or their young.
  • Get Involved! (31 December 2017) - We're a group of local residents working together to represent the views of the community and we couldn't do it without your support. You can record the wildlife, sign our petition, volunteer to help, download posters and leaflets, spread the word. Click the title to find out more.
  • Guardian: Walk the North Kent Marshes – while the solitude lasts (23 December 2017) - A lovely piece of writing by Carol Donaldson in the Guardian. The marshes are not an obvious beauty: it is a rough-edged love, full of derelict industry, broken barges, wide bays of mud; icy with blue light and shrill with redshanks’ calls in the winter, fields and scrub bubbling over with nightingales in the spring... Continue Reading →
  • Deadline today! End of phase one consultation (22 December 2017) - Today – 22 December 2017 – is the deadline for phase one consultation feedback. Please do feedback via their form. COMPLETE OUR FEEDBACK FORM From: Cleve Hill Solar Park Ltd’s website: We are welcoming feedback from members of the public on our proposals at these events, or at the details provided below. Please note that... Continue Reading →
  • Subsidy-free solar at only 10 MW in size (22 December 2017) - In this article from PV Magazine, developer Anesco shows that a small 10 MW solar farm is financially viable: The 10 MW Clayhill solar farm and storage facility, developed by British renewable energy developer Anesco, was officially opened by the U.K. government’s climate change minister Claire Perry. The 10 MW Clayhill solar farm is supported... Continue Reading →
  • How many football pitches? (21 December 2017) - In a letter to local residents, Helen Whately says the scale of the site is equivalent to 400 football pitches. However, KentOnline in their article from 14 November Proposal to build Britain’s biggest solar farm near Whitstable says that the development is the size of 900 football pitches. So what’s the truth? The developer’s proposal [pdf] talks... Continue Reading →
  • The scale of the proposed development (21 December 2017) - Here’s the current thinking from the developer’s briefing pack [pdf] The proposed development site is on an area of approximately 890 acres (360 hectares). This is the same area as at least 640 football pitches.
  • The flood map (21 December 2017) - Here’s a link to the Environment Agency’s flood map service showing what the current flood probability is. It says this is an area with “a high probability of flooding” and is an area that benefits from flood defenses.
  • Medway Estuary and Swale flood and coastal risk management strategy (21 December 2017) - Public consultation: November 2017 to January 2018 The Environment Agency is currently working on a “Medway Estuary and Swale flood and coastal risk management strategy”. From their website information: What the strategy will do The Medway Estuary and Swale flood and coastal erosion risk strategy will assess how to best protect people and properties, designated... Continue Reading →
  • You can help us (20 December 2017) - Please get in touch if you would like to help with managing this site. We need to know about all aspects of the proposed development and we want to show the landscape in all its glory. Send us your news, facts and images!
  • Nagden and Graveney Marshes (19 December 2017) - Here’s the land that this website is all about – the location for what the developers are calling Cleve Hill Solar Park. Explore via Google Maps or Ordnance Survey
  • KentOnline: Kent Wildlife Trust and RSPB want more details on plans to build huge solar farm near Graveney (18 December 2017) - Plans to build the UK’s largest solar farm a mile outside Faversham have come under scrutiny from environmental groups. The proposals for Cleve Hill Solar Park Farm, which went on public display for the first time last week, would see an 890-acre solar farm built near the village of Graveney. According to the Kent Wildlife... Continue Reading →
  • PV Magazine: Wirsol to acquire two ‘subsidy free’ solar projects in the UK (15 December 2017) - In this story from a trade magazine Wirsol, one of the partners behind Cleve Hill, is shown to be expanding its UK portfolio of solar projects. The scale of these is tiny compared to the 350 MW planned for Faversham. Wirsol has announced the acquisition of two solar projects totaling 16 MW, which are gearing... Continue Reading →
  • Helen Whately listens to Graveney residents (7 December 2017) - Helen Whately attended the consultation that was held at the Graveney Village Hall on 7th December. Graveney residents told me and @lambertleese of anguish at scale of proposed solar farm at consultation and @TheFreewheelPub afterwards pic.twitter.com/B9l32o3Ldt — Helen Whately (@Helen_Whately) December 9, 2017  
  • PV Magazine: “The largest PV power plant in Europe” (10 November 2017) - A joint venture between leading solar developers Wirsol and Hive Energy has launched a proposal for a solar park ‘in excess of 350 MW’ to be located on Britain’s North Kent Coast. While the proposal is in its initial stages, the developers state that the project will be built without any subsidies.   PV project... Continue Reading →
  • KentOnline: Proposal to build Britain’s biggest solar farm near Whitstable (9 November 2017) - Britain’s biggest solar farm could be built on the edge of Whitstable on a site the size of 900 football pitches. Developers have today unveiled plans to blanket 890 acres of farmland near Graveney with the energy-producing panels. The firm behind the £400 million project, Cleve Hill Solar Park, says the farm will be capable... Continue Reading →
  • BBC: Cleve Hill solar farm environmental fears (9 November 2017) - The UK’s largest solar farm is earmarked for the worst possible location, an environmental group says. A consortium of two energy companies has announced plans to build a solar park on 890 acres (360 hectares) of farmland at Cleve Hill, near Faversham. But campaigning group CPRE Kent says the size of the proposal – and... Continue Reading →
  • Guardian: UK’s biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast (9 November 2017) - UK’s biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast Subsidy-free plant would cover 900 acres of farmland near Great Expectations marshes at Faversham, dwarfing output of UK’s current largest solar site The developers of the Cleve Hill project hope to lay solar panels across 890 acres of farmland near the village of Graveney in Kent. Photograph:... Continue Reading →
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