West Sussex Council powers up solar farm and battery storage

The Westhampnett solar project is expected to generate enough electricity to power around 2,400 homes a year

West Sussex’s community solar farm powers up

A 5MW community solar farm has started generating power in West Sussex. Meadow Blue Community Energy (MBCE) raised £1.2 million for the project located near Merston. It is expected to provide enough electricity for more than 1,500 homes. The project was developed by Solstice Renewables and constructed by Solarcentury.   Chris Rowland, Director at MBCE […]

First council-owned solar farm powers up

A £5.2 million solar farm claimed to be the first to be owned by a council has been switched on. Located on 25 acres of West Sussex County Council’s land near Chichester, the 5MW Tangmere solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,500 homes. The council is setting up a power purchase […]

Work starts on West Sussex solar farm

The construction of a 4.85MW solar farm in West Sussex has started. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 1,500 homes. The project, which is scheduled to start operating by October, costs £5.2 million. Companies Your Energy Sussex and Carillon are responsible for the development. They believe the electricity generated and sold to […]

West Sussex solar farm gets green light

A solar project in West Sussex that is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes has been granted planning permission. The 4MW solar farm, which will be located at Tangmere Airfield, will cost £4.1 million to build and is estimated to pay for itself in less than 10 years. West Sussex […]

Shale gas exploration bid ‘should be refused’

A company’s bid to explore for oil and gas in a national park near West Sussex should be turned down, planning officials have recommended. Celtique Energie has put forward a planning application for a site near Fernhurst in the South Downs National Park to drill a vertical well to test for oil and gas. Officers […]

Court says Balcombe residents can challenge fracking

The High Court says residents of Balcombe will be allowed to challenge the county council’s decision to grant planning permission to fracking company Cuadrilla, according to campaigners. The tiny village shot to fame last summer after weeks of fracking protests where MP Caroline Lucas was arrested. (A Brighton court ruled her not guilty of “wilful […]

West Sussex County Council rejects fracking bid

A fracking firm’s plans to explore for shale oil and gas in West Sussex have been rejected by the County Council. The Planning Committee turned down the application by Celtique Energy for exploration near Wisborough Green, a conservation area outside the South Downs National Park. The county council said the firm did not show the […]

West Sussex waste cooking oil boils 2m cuppas

The people of West Sussex recycled enough cooking oil to brew more than 2 million cups of tea in 2013. Used cooking oil recycling tanks can now be found at 10 of the county’s 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS). West Sussex County Council and recycling partner Viridor set up a scheme to divert waste […]

Cuadrilla rules out fracking at Balcombe

Cuadrilla has confirmed it won’t be using the controversial technique of fracking at its site in West Sussex. The firm said it won’t need to frack anymore as the rocks are “naturally fractured” but it still plans to test the site’s oil supply suitability using flow testing. Flow testing is done to check the quantity […]