Legal challenge to Good Energy’s Dorset solar scheme

December 30, 2013

Chippenham-based renewable electricity supplier Good Energy is taking legal advice following a challenge to its plans to build a 28 megawatt (MW) solar energy site in East Dorset.

The firm, which received planning consent for the project in November, said it understood a claim had been submitted to the Administrative Court for a judicial review of the decision.

It said in a statement to the London Stock Exchange that it was considering its options and would seek legal advice.

Good Energy, which is quoted on the Stock Exchange’s AIM market, is seeking to develop three solar farms in Dorset to generate more than 47,000MW of peak daytime power for its customers while also fostering wildflower meadows, biodiversity and creating benefits for local communities.

Good Energy also recently won provisional planning consent for a 49.9MW solar farm on a disused airfield in Norfolk.

The resolution by the planning committee at North Norfolk District Council is subject to appropriate conditions and legal agreements being put in place before formal consent can be granted for the proposed solar park, which would generate enough electricity to supply nearly 11,300 homes.

Good Energy founder and CEO Juliet Davenport said: “This site will not only help Norfolk achieve its renewable energy targets, but will also see benefits to local people via a community fund and to the surrounding environment with a bespoke ecological plan for the site which has been disused for almost 20 years.

“It will also help Good Energy deliver its commitment to greater energy security and stability in the UK.”


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