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Scurf Dyke Solar Farm and Battery Energy Storage System

Project info

Scurf Dyke Solar Limited is building a 80MWDC/50MWAC solar farm that is co-located with a 8MW/16MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) on land east of Hutton Cranswick, Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The solar farm will produce enough electricity to power approximately 21,000 households per year*. Incorporating BESS facilities with Solar PV is a significant upgrade to regular solar farms. The BESS can absorb excess electricity from the solar farm and then release it when the national grid requires power. BESS facilities are essential to achieve the UK's goal of net-zero carbon by 2050 and ensure homes and businesses can be powered by renewable energy, even when the sun isn’t shining, and the wind isn’t blowing.

About Scurf Dyke Solar Limited

Scurf Dyke Solar Limited is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) wholly owned by BayWa r.e UK limited, which forms part of the wider BayWa r.e global business.

  • Location

    The co-located site will be located over several flat agricultural fields 2km south of the Skerne Wetlands. It will connect to the grid via an existing 132kV overhead line that crosses the site.

  • Land Use

    The site approximately covers 99 hectares of Grade 3b (moderate quality) agricultural land and may be used by grazing livestock when the Solar PV & BESS are operational. After a 40 year period, the project will be decommissioned and the land reverted back to its original state.

  • Ecology

    Ecological surveys have been undertaken on the site to identify wildlife habitats to be considered in the development, construction and operational stages.

    Several measures will be implemented to preserve and maintain the surrounding trees, hedgerows and aquatic habitats that provide refuge to species including barn owls, bats, badgers and hedgehogs. These include installation of bird and bat boxes across the site in addition to the several hedgehog houses placed on the grassland boundaries.

    An ecologist approved Landscaping Ecological Management Plan (LEMP) will be followed for full details and frequency of ecological maintenance during the operational phase of the project.

  • Landscape and Visual

    We have carefully considered views from both public locations and private properties. In order to reduce the visual impact, the solar arrays reach a maximum height of 2.5m, which is equivalent or lower than surrounding trees and hedgerows.

    As part of the LEMP, some measures to mitigate landscape and visual impact include:

    • Retention, protection & enhancement of existing trees and hedgerows
    • Gaps within existing hedgerows infilled with suitable native hedgerow species
    • Enhancement of field margins through species rich neutral grassland

Site overview

An overview of the site with proposed landscape and ecological enhancements is seen below:

Construction traffic

Deliveries to the site will start in December 2022 and most transportation is to be expected in Q1 2023. In order to avoid disruptions as much as possible, deliveries will be scheduled to reduce impact on local residents, avoiding school drop off and pick up periods.

As can be seen on the map below, the proposed delivery route goes through Hutton Cranswick, via Stockbridge Lane, Cross Lane and Sheepman Lane.

Project timeline

Construction start

Mounting installation

Inverter & DC cable installation

Module installation

Unit & grid transformer installation

Energisation & commissioning

Benefits of Scurf Dyke

There are several benefits that emerge from the project:

  • Clean electricity that can power up approximately 21,000 UK households per year*
  • Savings of approximately 22,000 tonnes of CO2 per year**, equivalent to up to 12,000 yearly passenger vehicle emissions***
  • Contribution to construction of an extensive bicycle lane network for nearby Hutton Cranswick

*based on average UK consumption of 3700kWh per annum

**based on 2021 average UK grid carbon intensity minus solar PV carbon intensity (265 – 10gCO2/kWh = 255gCO2/kWh)

***average car in UK drives 7,600 miles per year and CO2 emissions per mile 221.4g/mi, releasing 1.682 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year

    Jack Tranter
    Project Manager
    BayWa r.e. UK Limited
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