Newcastle airport plans to add 16 MW of solar in stages by 2035

Newcastle Airport. Image by Henry Burrows on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

August 5 (Renewables Now) - Newcastle International Airport on Tuesday said it plans to file a planning application for an up-to-16-MW solar farm be built in four phases between 2022 and 2035.

The installation would be located on airport land next to the runway and would also incorporate battery storage. It would contribute to the airport's goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2035.

The airport has launched a consultation, to run by September 10, seeking the views of local residents, ahead of submitting a planning application to Newcastle City Council.

Funding to back the first phase of the project has been secured from the England European Regional Development Fund (EDRF).

“The solar farm project is a key part of our Net Zero strategy, allowing us to generate our own renewable energy and contribute to the Government’s Net Zero objectives and the City of Newcastle’s Carbon Net Zero 2030 strategy," said Newcastle International Airport chief executive Nick Jones.

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