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    Canadian Solar and Windel Energy’s proposed 350MW solar secures DCO Application

    Credit: reNews

    Following the approval of a Development Consent Order (DCO) Application, the 350MW solar project in England that Canadian Solar and Windel Energy are proposing can now proceed to the pre-examination stage.


    In late December, the DCO Application for Mallard Pass Solar Farm was approved by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).


    The Mallard Pass Solar Farm project team is encouraging the public to review the DCO Application during the pre-examine process and decide whether or not to submit a Relevant Representation to the Planning Inspectorate.


    The DCO Application and the data included in the Environmental Statement and accompanying Application materials are welcomed for consideration by interested parties.


    The Examining Authority, which will shortly be established, will conduct a preliminary analysis of the key problems based on the arguments made in the Relevant Representations.


    After the registration time ends on March 2, 2023, all submitted comments will be posted on the Mallard Pass page of the Planning Inspectorate website.


    A new solar farm in Essendine, with portions in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire, and Rutland, is what Mallard Pass Solar Farm Ltd. proposes to build, operate, maintain, and decommission.


    The project is categorised as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act of 2008 since it will have a generating capacity of more than 50 MW. As such, it requires a DCO.


    For the purposes of the Infrastructure Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, Mallard Pass Solar Farm is also an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development.


    This indicates that the DCO for the project is supported by an Environmental Statement and Non-Technical Summary that outline suggested mitigation measures and detail how the project has changed as a result of environmental assessments completed and stakeholder feedback obtained.


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