North Angle Solar Farm

North Angle Solar Farm

Cambridgeshire County Council is proposing to develop a portion of the site at North Angle Farm, in Soham, into a 29 MW capacity solar farm providing green energy.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s vision is to deliver net zero carbon emissions for the region by 2050. As part of this, there is the opportunity to look at using some of its assets to produce and store electricity, in order to support the Government’s decarbonisation goals, whilst simultaneously generating revenues for frontline services such as adult social care.

The Council has already successfully developed a 12 MW solar park at Triangle Farm, also in Soham, which is generating clean energy and has delivered over £350,000 per annum net revenue to support the delivery of Council services. This includes helping fund equipment and technology to enable older people to live independently and stay in their own homes; improve the health and wellbeing of those living with physical disability or sensory impairment; and to protect adults who may be vulnerable from abuse or neglect.

The Triangle Farm project has proven to be highly successful and has over-performed in the first two years of operation. 

North Angle Farm is located just south of the existing Triangle solar farm. The 188-acre site has been identified as having the right characteristics for a solar farm: including flat and fairly remote land, few obstacles, standard rather than high quality agricultural land, and being close to grid connection options.

Map of planned lactation of the solar farm
Map of planned lactation of the solar farm

The proposed North Angle development could generate nearly the same amount of electricity as used by 12,000 households annually and would prevent the emission of more than 90,000 tonnes of CO2 over the project’s lifetime.

The scheme will be built under an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) arrangement to guarantee the volume of electricity generated. An EPC is where the performance, in this case energy generation from the solar panels, is guaranteed by the project designer (Bouygues Energies & Services). These savings are then converted into financial savings based on a rate agreed in the contract. If the energy generation is not achieved, then Bouygues is liable to pay the difference between the guaranteed amount and the actual amount realised.

Sales of electricity and provision of services to the grid would generate revenue for Cambridgeshire County Council to support the continued delivery of frontline services.

The project team will be providing opportunities and events for the public to learn more about the project ahead of a full planning application being submitted. For further details, please email mlei@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

Location: North Angle Farm, Soham

Project: 29MW Solar Farm

Timescales: Planning Applications to be submitted Summer 2020