The project forms part of the agreed objectives of the Your Energy Sussex (YES) partnership by increasing and enabling the expansion of renewable energy generation in the county as well as developing the low carbon economy and reducing CO2 emissions. It also supports the outcomes identified in the approved Energy Strategy. The project will also facilitate a much needed re-development of the site, with the existing buildings being demolished and the site fully secured. The site has in recent years suffered problems with safety, break-ins and vandalism.
Since 1 April 2014 the YES team has been working to develop a significant pipeline of energy related projects including:
• The imminent completion of Westhampnett solar farm with 4 mega-watts of energy storage on site,
• Development of Tangmere Solar farm, which is now complete,
• Installation of commercial scale PV (photovoltaic) systems on schools and third party roofs including at Goodwood Aerodrome,
• PV systems for 225 houses owned by Crawley Borough Council, and
• For Adur & Worthing councils, installation of gas central heating systems in houses served by a newly installed gas main.
Generation of income for all the energy schemes will be achieved through the Council’s energy purchaser (N-Power) selling power on its behalf, maximising the income opportunities available as an energy generator. The dual expansion of solar generation and stand-alone battery storage is a key part of the YES energy project pipeline, with solar farms and battery storage continuing to represent a relatively low risk investment for capital.
The Cabinet Member will be asked to approve the development of the previous Sompting Waste Destructor site (Halewick Lane, Sompting) into a battery storage facility.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;
Decision status: For Determination
Divisions affected: Sompting & North Lancing;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/08/2018
Decision due: May 2019 by Cabinet Member for Environment
Lead member: Mrs Deborah Urquhart firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead director: Executive Director Economy, Infrastructure and Environment
Contact: Tom Coates, Senior Adviser Email: email@example.com Tel: 033 022 26458.
Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member Environment, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.
Member for Sompting and North Lancing, Sompting Parish Council, District councillors, resident engagement session planned for North Lancing and surrounding area, South Downs National Park Authority
Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052
West Sussex Plan Priority: A Strong, Safe and Sustainable Place