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We are a Sussex based community energy company with a vision for a future in which 100% of our energy needs are generated locally from renewable sources.

The project

The solar farm would generate circa 17 MW, the equivalent to power in excess of 4,000 homes locally and be built over a period of circa four months. The aim would be to complete by September 2022.

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Please support us

Ouse Valley Solar Farm

Planning – Application LW/22/0254

Input your details and select ‘support’

In the ‘comments’ you can write why you support this project taking into the key benefits of the application, which include:

The proposal would generate the equivalent electrical needs of approximately 4,800 family homes which equates to an anticipated CO2 displacement of around 6,800 tonnes per annum.

Significant biodiversity net gain is also expected with a 234% net gain in habitat areas and 104% net gain in hedgerow areas.

As a community energy project, local residents have the ability to invest in Ouse Valley Solar Farm and receive an annual return on their investment. All further profits from the solar farm will be invested directly back into the local community.

 

Community consultation

We firmly believe that it is vital that local communities are able see and shape planning applications on projects such as this. You can contact us or leave your feedback on our contact page.

 

Project consultation boards

Information boards from the consultation period 9th-12th November 2021 can be viewed here

An Invitation to Public Consultation Events

Tuesday 9th November
17.30-20.30: Kings Academy Ringmer

Wednesday 10th November
12.30-19.00: Ringmer Village Hall
Friday 12th November
14.00-16.00: Depot Cinema, Lewes

Download our consultation document

I am writing as policy Director on behalf of Greenpeace UK in support of this proposed solar farm. It is vitally important in the context of climate change, sky-high fossil fuel prices that cheap renewable power is delivered to the UK. Solar power is one of those sources that can do that.

We are in a climate emergency – as I write record spring temperatures are threatening livelihoods and food production across India and Pakistan. Carbon Brief have calculated that new solar (and wind) are six times cheaper than running existing gas plant to provide our electricity. Greenpeace support this application.

Dr Doug Parr

Chief scientist, Greenpeace

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As an enthusiastic supporter of community energy schemes, I am writing in support of the proposed Ouse Valley Solar Farm. Not only should this be seen as a small but important contribution to addressing today’s Climate Emergency, but there are wider implications to be considered.

With the world’s attention focused on Ukraine, the importance of energy security has been powerfully reinforced. This is as relevant at the local level as it is nationally. A 17MW solar farm will make a significant contribution to local energy needs.

I read the summary of the proposal, and am impressed by the thought that has gone into ensuring benefits for the wider community over and above the electricity generated.

The Biodiversity Net Gain commitments are particularly important in such a beautiful part of the world, and I was impressed by ideas regarding the extension and repair of the existing hedgerows.

For schemes of this kind to succeed, with full community support, they need to be designed with maximum attention to local features and conservation concerns. That would clearly appear to be the case here.

Jonathon Porritt

CEO, Forum for the Future

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About us

Ovesco is a community interest company which has been operating since 2007 in Sussex. We create community owned renewable energy projects so our local community can become zero carbon. We have recently launched Communiheat: A project to roadmap how to take the village of Barcombe off oil on the road to Net Zero.

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