London Stansted has secured planning approval from the Secretary of State for developing an airport solar farm.

The solar farm with a capacity of 14.3MW will be built on a land owned by Stansted immediately to the east of the airport at High House Farm.

The project intends to meet the airport’s present and increasing power demands, including from the increasing use of electric vehicles.

This project is part of the airport’s commitment to make its operations net zero carbon by 2038.

It will be backed by the implementation of further measures, such as planting new trees, hedgerow restoration and new hedgerows.

London Stansted managing director Steve Griffiths said: “We are delighted to receive planning permission from the Secretary of State for our 14.3MW solar farm on land owned by the airport next to the main site.

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“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 project will see the airport producing its own renewable electricity on-site, linking directly to its own private network.

Griffiths further added: “We will continue to explore new and innovative opportunities as they arise to ensure we deliver the airport’s future growth in the most sustainable and responsible way possible.”
Image: This project is part of the airport’s commitment to make its operations net zero carbon by 2038. Credit: Jukka Niittymaa from Pixabay.