March 2024

Landfill solar park works begin at Offham


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Renewable energy generator Infinis and leading recycling and waste management company FCC Environment have begun construction works on a new landfill solar park at Offham, Kent.

Offham Landfill Solar Park is set to generate around 11,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy each year. That is enough to power around 2,700 homes.

Infinis plans a range of biodiversity enhancements on this project, including:

  • increasing species and meadow height on site, to enhance grassland condition
  • encouraging the growth of lower-growing flowering species
  • planting 16 new standard trees
  • planting around 200m of new hedgerow and enhancing the quality of around 1.3km of existing hedgerow.

A public right of way will also be installed on the 31-acre site.

Mark Cheetham, General Manager – Landfill at FCC Environment said: “We're delighted to be working on our third project with Infinis, as we look to utilise our considerable land holdings to generate clean electricity. The Government has a target of 70GW of solar PV by 2035, and projects such as this will play an important role in achieving it.”

Andrew Leeding, Director of Development and Construction at Infinis, commented: “Offham Landfill Solar Park will support national objectives to achieve Net Zero, helping to boost renewable energy supply and security.

“This is our third solar park partnership with FCC Environment, following the successful delivery of the Winterton project and work progressing at Boston. We’re delighted to continue this positive partnership and look forward to further extending our portfolio in the years ahead.”

Offham Landfill Solar Park is due to energise in the second half of 2024. Ethical Power is the principal contractor for the development, with UK Power Networks delivering the grid works.

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