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Cleve Hill Solar Park Construction Notches Up

Ground works have taken a step forward at Cleve Hill Solar Park, which could become the biggest solar farm in the country. Construction began in 2022 but recently there has been a big increase in work, along with considerably more construction vehicles.

The solar and energy storage park on the north Kent coast is located is located one mile northeast of Faversham, 3 miles west of Whitstable and situated closest to the village of Graveney.

Cleve Hill Solar Park will generate renewable power through photovoltaic panels and due to the capacity of the solar park exceeding 50 megawatts (MW), the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

When completed, the park has the potential to power over 91,000 homes. Although opponents are not happy with the loss of further green land in Kent, all coal fired power stations have to close by 2025 meaning over a quarter of the UK’s energy generation needs to be replaced.

Once complete, Cleve Hill Solar Park will consist of 880,000 solar panels and battery storage. It is expected to cost £450 million to complete and should be ready by the end of 2024.

Cleve Hill has dedicated 138 acres towards habitat management, designed in collaboration with Natural England, Kent Wildlife Trust, RSPB, and the Environment Agency that will add more than 3.5km of native hedgerow screen planting across the site and seek to deliver a net gain of over 65% in biodiversity.

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