Election Postpones Sunnica Solar Farm Call

Last updated: June 1, 2024

The government has delayed a decision regarding the controversial 2,500-acre Sunnica solar farm proposed for the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border. This is due to the upcoming July 4th general election.

A government decision was expected on June 20th with public and council opposition to Sunnica’s project. However, this has been held off for the time being.

With Labour likely to win the upcoming general election, this decision is further complicated. A new party in power may have unexpected consequences for the decision-making process.

According to Electoral Calculus, Labour has a 97% chance of securing a majority in the July 4th election. This would mark Labour’s return to power after a 14 year absence.

While Labour has expressed intent to expand the UK’s solar capacity, it is not yet clear how the party might address specific cases like the proposed Sunnica solar farm.

The Suffolk County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council have each opposed Sunnica’s plans.

This case reflects the complicated nature of expanding renewables to reach important climate change targets. These goals include the UK targeting carbon net zero by 2050.

Challenges to further growing the use of renewables in the UK cover many areas from the price of alternatives like heat pumps to the need for more investment, developments and government supports.

The cost of solar has fallen significantly over the past decade or so, however, controversy surrounding specific solar farm proposals remains a hurdle to its expansion.

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