FCC Environment, one of 18 leading employers behind Energy & Utilities Jobs, and Low-carbon generator Infinis have commenced construction of a new landfill solar park in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Once completed, Boston Solar Park will generate around 11 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable energy each year. That’s enough electricity to power around 2,500 homes.
The 31-acre site is being built in line with Environment Agency-approved methodologies.
To support biodiversity on the project, Infinis plans to:
- Introduce a range of new, high-value habitats, including coastal meadow grassland, native woodland, and native scrub with a diverse mix of species
- Provide enhanced nesting and foraging opportunities for birds
- Provide refuge and breeding opportunities for reptiles and amphibians, including the provision of safe spaces for them to hibernate over winter
- Re-locate orchids, ensuring that they are not harmed.
To protect the existing landfill cap engineering, a large proportion of the solar foundations will be above ground and use recycled aggregate.
The solar park is due to energise in June 2024. Ethical Power is the principal contractor for the development, with National Grid Electricity Distribution delivering the grid works.