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Veolia to turn ex-landfill into solar farm

Veolia and REG Solarpower have submitted plans to turn a former landfill site in Ockendon, Essex into a solar farm.

The pair submitted a proposal to Thurrock Council to build a 38MW plant, which would generate enough electricity to power 8,000 homes and cut carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes a year.

The Ockendon landfill site was used for clay mining in the 1960s before toxic waste was stored there in the 1970s. Veolia said that the part of the site where the proposed solar farm would sit was closed as a landfill around 10 years ago.

In a statement accompanying the planning permission submission, the two companies said that the proposed development would play an important role in addressing climate change-related risks to the area, as well as providing an alternative to a dependence on fossil fuels.

A Veolia spokesperson told MRW: “We have had a positive response to the Ockendon solar project from the nearly 100 visitors who attended our two exhibitions in advance of our planning application.

“As the process continues we will continue to meet with local groups and residents to discuss our proposals to produce clean renewable energy on the former landfill site in line with our commitment to sustainable development.”

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