London Stansted Airport given green light for solar farm

The 14.3MW solar facility will be developed on land owned by the airport next to the main site

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London Stansted Airport has been given the green light by the government for the development of a solar farm.

The 14.3MW solar facility will be developed on land owned by the airport next to the main site at High House Farm.

It is designed to meet the airport’s current and increasing electricity demands and supports the airport’s commitment to make its operations net zero carbon by 2038.

Steve Griffiths, London Stansted’s Managing Director, said: “London Stansted has a long and proud track record of sustainable development, including achieving independently-verified carbon-neutral status in 2016 for the airport operations under our direct control.

“The solar farm will enable us to build on this achievement in line with our commitment to make our operations net zero carbon by no later than 2038.

“The development will see the airport generating its own renewable electricity on-site, connecting directly to our own private network, increasing the security of energy supply while at the same time freeing up renewable energy we currently purchase for others to use elsewhere on the grid.”