Beacon Fen Energy Park will be built on land to the east of Sleaford
Beacon Fen Energy Park lies north of the village of Heckington. Following initial early (non-statutory) consultation and the community and stakeholder feedback we received, we withdrew the area previously referred to as Beacon Fen South from our Development Consent Order application.
We are progressing with solar and battery storage development at the area previously referred to as Beacon Fen North. The revised development is expected to generate 400 megawatts (MW) of energy per year and has the potential to power approximately 130,000 homes. The proposed solar and battery storage park could also avoid up to 72,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.¹
The proposals for Beacon Fen Energy Park include building the infrastructure needed to export the electricity the energy park would generate into the national grid. It is planned this would be via an existing connection point at nearby Bicker Fen substation. Following the withdrawal of Beacon Fen South from the project, a new cable route corridor search area has been proposed to better transport the energy generated by Beacon Fen Energy Park into the grid. You can see this updated corridor here.
¹For more information, including calculations, please visit our FAQs page.
At this Stage
We look forward to presenting this updated information to stakeholders and local communities at our planned statutory consultation in winter 2023/24, where there will be further opportunity to feed into plans. We have now published our Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC) which you can view here. The SoCC outlines how Low Carbon plans to consult with the local community during its statutory consultation and updated timelines for the proposed project. For further information about the SoCC please visit our news article here.
Solar developments in the wider area
We are aware there are similar schemes being brought forward for development in the area – namely Heckington Fen Solar Park and Springwell Solar Farm. Beacon Fen Energy Park is not affiliated with these projects and is a standalone project being progressed by Low Carbon.