Pathfinder Clean Energy (PACE), a UK-headquartered international developer of utility scale solar and battery storage projects, has submitted its latest 18MW project near Drayton, Norfolk into planning.


The proposed ground-mounted scheme, known as Glebe Solar, would generate enough power for around 8,000 homes each year or the CO2 emissions equivalent of removing over 1,200 passenger vehicles from the road.


Andy Keelan, Commercial Land Manager at PACE said, “PACE is delighted to announce that Glebe Solar has been submitted into planning. We are committed to developing and constructing the clean energy generation which the UK and the wider international market requires. Projects such as Glebe Solar represent important parts of the solution to the climate emergencies declared by the Government and Broadland District Council, and will support the UK’s goal of achieving net-zero carbon by 2050.


Economically, the regular income from the solar farm will make an important contribution to the continued viability of the farm holdings, including investment in farming activities and protecting themselves during years of low agricultural yield. This is becoming increasingly important as a changing climate affects agricultural yields.


The site is already well screened and the proposals include biodiversity enhancements of new native hedges, wildlife gates, areas of scrub and log piles, all of which will provide improved habitats for local species and is an ideal example of combining renewable energy production and biodiversity enhancements alongside continued agriculture.”

PACE continues to push on and support the requirement for clean energy in the UK and now has more than 1.5GW of solar capacity in the UK in various stages of the development process and almost 300MWp fully permitted or submitted into planning.