Newcastle International Airport has launched plans to source all of its power from solar panels.
The airport has launched a consultation with a view to submitting a planning application for a solar farm on the edge of its site.
It follows the release of a plan last year in which the airport said it wanted to become a net zero emissions business by 2035. The airport has successfully bid to the European Regional Development Fund to support the first phase of the project.
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If approved, the development would be built in four phases between 2022 and 2035. Ultimately the solar panels would provide up to 16MW of electricity, which would cover all of the airport’s needs.
Airport chief executive Nick Jones said: “We are committed to being a good neighbour as well as a responsible organisation and, despite a very challenging last 18 months, our plan to become a net zero emissions airport by 2035 remains a priority.
“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.
“We are confident that the proposed scheme will have limited impact on the surrounding communities. We have added additional tree planting to screen the view of the solar farm from the surrounding roads and public rights of way and have been working with a specialist environmental team to ensure the ecological impact of the scheme is minimal and that biodiversity net gain will be achieved.
“We are looking forward to hearing feedback on the proposals from our local communities and stakeholders.”
A consultation on the plan has opened on the airport’s website. People can submit their views before September 10.