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Plans for UK’s biggest solar farm in Kent

A solar power plant that would be the UK’s biggest is being planned for Kent. Developers Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy expect to install solar panels across 890 acres – equivalent to more than 400 football pitches. They would generate enough electricity to power aorund 110,000 households. Battery storage could also be incorporated to provide […]

Water saving trial makes a splash in Kent

A new water saving trial has been launched by Southern Water in Kent. It has joined forces with energy efficiency investment firm Cenergist and housing association AmicusHorizon to help householders reduce their water use by up to 20%. At least 500 residents across the Isle of Sheppey will receive free water-saving products on taps, toilets […]

GIB provides £10.2m for Kent’s street lights

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £10.2 million in a street lighting project in Kent. The money will part-fund Kent County Council’s £40 million project, which involves the replacement of 120,000 traditional streetlights with LED alternatives. It also includes the installation of a central management system to increase the efficiency of the local authority’s […]

Veolia wins £8m deal to treat Kent waste

Kent County Council has awarded Veolia a contract to treat 11,000 tonnes of waste every year. The five-year deal worth £8 million will divert materials previously sent to landfill to the Hersden Refuse Derived Fuel Plant for treatment. They will then be converted to renewable energy. The contract begins on 1st July and includes the […]

Work starts on £140m biomass plant in Kent

The construction of a £140 million biomass plant has started in Kent. The facility, which is expected to have a capacity of 16MW of power and 11MW of heat, will power a science and technology park called Discovery Park located in the county. Around 300 jobs will be created during construction and 30 full time […]

National Grid unveils new LNG truck loading facility

A new truck loading facility for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been opened at the Isle of Grain terminal in Kent. The new hub will allow road tanker operators to load LNG in bulk and transport fuel directly to filling stations as well as industrial and commercial markets in the UK and mainland Europe. National […]

Kent offshore wind farm starts to generate power

An offshore wind farm in Kent has generated power for the first time. Swedish firm Vattenfall’s 15-turbine extension to the Kentish Flats Offshore Wind Farm produced power for the National Grid on Saturday 29th August. When it is fully operational in early autumn, the more than £150 million extension will add 49.5MW to the firm’s […]

Kent nuclear power station undergoes maintenance

A reactor and generation turbine have been shut down for planned maintenance at Dungeness B nuclear power station. The station, which is located on the Dungeness headland in the south east of Kent, closed its unit 22 at 19.00 yesterday, EDF Energy said. Earlier this year EDF Energy announced the power station’s life extension to […]

First turbine installed at Kent offshore wind farm

An extension to an offshore wind farm in Kent has installed its first turbine. Vattenfall is building the Kentish Flats Offshore Extension Wind Farm, which is located 7km off Whitstable and Herne Bay off the Kent coast. Matthew Green, Vattenfall’s Project Director said: “One up, 14 to go. “Anyone watching from the shore will be […]