Consultation launched on proposals for the North Lincolnshire Green Energy Park that could create up to 300 permanent new jobs

Proposals for the North Lincolnshire Green Energy Park, to be located at the Flixborough Industrial Estate, will be open for public consultation and comment between 26 May 2020 and 14 July 2020.

The core elements of the scheme promoted by Solar 21, will include a 95-megawatt Energy Recovery Facility that will divert up to 650,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill every year. This will integrate 10-megawatts of hydrogen storage, 30-megawatts of battery storage, 120 tonnes of steam storage and an ash treatment facility. The plans include a new access road to link the Flixborough Industrial Estate with the A1077, a district heat network to service the planned Lincolnshire Lakes development, an extended jetty for the Flixborough Wharf, reinstatement of the railway line and to provide hydrogen for a Scunthorpe hydrogen bus pilot and a community electric vehicle charging scheme. Recent discussions have included the option to supply heat, power and cooling to the proposed new Scunthorpe Hospital. The facility will be the first to be designed and built with functioning carbon dioxide capture and utilisation. All ash will be heat-treated, with the aggregate used on-site for concrete block manufacture.

It is expected that this proposal will lead to the creation of up to 300 permanent local jobs and up to 100 apprenticeships. In addition, up to 600 jobs will be required on site through the construction period. The scheme will also generate opportunities for further net-zero carbon business development providing over 1,000 additional new jobs.

Due to the amount of energy the facility will generate, the project is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project – meaning it will need to obtain planning consent from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Michael Bradley, CEO, from Solar 21 said:

“The North Lincolnshire Green Energy Park is designed to be clean and efficient and ensure as much energy as possible is recovered from waste that cannot be recycled and to create opportunities for zero-carbon business development in the local area. It will directly create up to 300 local jobs and up to 100 apprenticeships. It will also help address two urgent national and local needs: to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and generate low carbon energy.

We are consulting at an early stage because we want to gain valuable feedback from the local community. Whilst we are unable to hold face-to-face events at this time, we have gone the extra mile to ensure consultees have every opportunity to feedback on our proposals.”

The duration of the consultation is between 26 May 2020 and 14 July 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Solar 21 is putting in place a range of measures for local people to find out more and share their views through digital and more traditional communication channels. These include a dedicated project website, posting a booklet containing details of the proposals to more than 2,000 homes and businesses in the vicinity, hosting webinars, establishing a dedicated project phoneline/email for consultees, and an online feedback form.

For more information, go to www.northlincolnshiregreenenergypark.co.uk or contact the project team via info@northlincolnshiregreenenergypark.co.uk or 0800 130 3353.

About Solar 21

Solar 21 sources, develops, and manages renewable energy projects across a range of technologies including solar, biomass, biogas and energy recovery facilities.

Locally, Solar 21 has built a 23-megawatt biomass plant that will divert up to 150,000 tonnes per annum of waste wood that would otherwise go to landfill. Solar 21 has also built a 2-megawatt biogas plant which will process up to 80,000 tonnes of potato pulp and vegetable waste each year. Site works are in progress at a new 26-megawatt Energy Recovery Facility, located at Melton, near Hull, with planning consent to turn 250,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel, that would normally go to landfill or export, into useable energy. Construction has begun on another biogas plant co-located on the same site.

These projects help to deliver the UK Government’s Clean Energy Strategy, which aims to boost renewable energy technology usage in the UK. In the East Midlands and the East Riding of Yorkshire alone, Solar 21 has provided inward investment of £260m into assets valued at £750m employing 150 local staff.