Tillbridge Solar is a proposed project located on land to south, east and south east of Gainsborough and to the north west of Lincoln. The electricity generated from the project would then connect to National Grid’s Cottam substation in Nottinghamshire.
Our plans for Tillbridge Solar are still at an early stage.
To date, we have identified the following areas, as shown in the map below:
- Developable areas – These areas would be where all solar PV panels and associated infrastructure would be located. This area sits on approximately 1,000 hectares of predominantly agricultural land. An energy storage solution could also be located on site, which would provide an opportunity to store solar power which is not immediately required and then release it when it is needed. We are also proposing mitigation/enhancement measures within and at the edge of these developable areas.
- Non-developable areas – These areas are being considered for mitigation and enhancement, such as tree planting and habitat creation, which would provide significant biodiversity net gain. This area amounts to an additional 400 hectares, with no permanent infrastructure planned in these areas.
- Cable corridor search area – Our underground cable corridor would be approximately 16km in length and would connect Tillbridge Solar to National Grid’s Cottam substation. This corridor typically varies in width (between 35m in some places to over 100m in others) and will be made narrower as the project progresses.The final trench would typically be 3.5m in width and 2m in depth. Land would be reinstated back to its previous condition once the cable is laid and we anticipate that farming activities will be able to continue.
Our early stage engagement with key stakeholders, including local representatives, near neighbours and landowners, along with our initial environment surveys and design work has helped shape our initial plans in these areas. We are now continuing this work and will be presenting a more detailed design for the project during our statutory consultation at the start of next year.
selection so far
In the early stages of the project, we identified an initial area of search for the location for a proposed solar energy farm which could generate more than 50MW of electricity in the east of England. The east of England was chosen due to the availability of grid connections, and irradiance.
Our vision for Tillbridge Solar is to deliver cleaner, greener, and lower cost energy, while also enhancing the local environment and ensuring we are a responsible developer.