Project overview

Gate Burton Energy Park would comprise the installation of solar photovoltaic panels (PV) an on-site energy storage facility, plus infrastructure to connect the scheme to the national grid at Cottam substation.

The project is anticipated as having a generation capacity of around 500 megawatts (MW). This is equivalent to providing enough clean energy to power over 160,000 homes and avoid more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.


The proposed scheme will also include an onsite energy storage system. This will provide an important balancing service for the national grid whereby electricity generated by the panels can be stored on site at times when grid-demand is low, then exported at times of higher demand.

Our plans for the project will also include any necessary and appropriate environmental mitigation and enhancement measures to ensure the scheme treads as lightly as possible on the local area.

The amount of electricity Gate Burton Energy Park could generate means that it is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). It will require a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

We anticipate that the development process through DCO submission and examination for Gate Burton Energy Park would take between two to three years. Subject to achieving consent, construction would start no earlier than 2025.

Community consultation closed

The first phase of consultation on the proposals for Gate Burton Energy Park ended on 18 February 2022. Thank you to all who provided feedback on the proposals.

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