Developers drawing up plans for a solar farm and electric vehicle recharging forecourt in Uckfield are giving townspeople the chance to have their say on the idea.
A virtual consultation is being launched today seeking views that will help GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy shape its proposal with the aim of benefitting the local community, environment and economy.
Look out for the company’s advert on every story page of the Uckfield News website. Clicking on it will take you to the GRIDSERVE website and more information about how to share your thoughts.
The company is looking at a site of about 20 acres, off the Copwood Roundabout on the Uckfield by-pass, and at the end of Bell Farm Road, to accommodate the solar farm and Solar Electric Forecourt.
It says there would be the potential to charge up to 24 vehicles at “very high speeds” simultaneously.
It adds the scheme would enable people to transition to electric mobility, and potentially contribute to improvements of local air quality.
Solar power would be generated on site with customers able to see the energy source powering their vehicles.
The Solar Electric Forecourt would be designed to be pedestrian-friendly, with a relaxing environment enabling customers to make the best use of their charging time.
Facilities proposed include lounge space, food and beverage – for eating in, takeaway, or drive-through – retail, vehicle specific maintenance, collect and drop-off services, hot-desk work facility and children’s play.
The design proposed is very much presented for feedback, with the intention of shaping it based on public and other stakeholder views.
The solar farm will be able to generate up to 4,000 MWh each year, an output equivalent to the annual electrical requirements of about 1,200 average homes, or being able to fully charge, from empty, 100,000 electric vehicles.
Details of drafted landscaping are included on the GRIDSERVE website.
There is also information about other reports being prepared to accompany a planning application.