Waste management firm Veolia and REG Solarpower have submitted plans to turn an old landfill site into a 38MW solar farm.
The Ockendon rubbish site was used for clay mining in the 1960s but in mid 1970s, it was used as a facility for toxic waste. In 2005, Veolia built a landfill gas plant to generate electricity at the site.
The two companies are now proposing to build a giant solar farm, which would generate enough electricity to power more than 8,000 homes and also cut carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes.
In a planning statement filed to Thurrock Council, they stated: “The proposal will make an important contribution to addressing the risks posed by climate change to Thurrock where the impacts are likely to be relatively pronounced.
“It will also help with energy security by providing an alternative to declining reserves and the increasingly volatile costs associated with fossil fuels and the growing global demand for energy.”