Decision details

Wrigley Head Solar Farm – review and next steps

Decision Maker: Executive Director for Place & Economic Growth - Emma Barton

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To provide a decision on whether the Council wishes to review the business case for Wrigley Head Solar Farm and explore options for delivery in light of positive changes in the status of the project and improvement in the outline financial model.

Decision:

RESOLVED - That:
Option 2: Progress the project. Under this option, market testing will be carried out using the GMCA “Go Neutral” procurement call-off framework to secure high-level market feedback on outline costs, delivery and financing options as well as practical deliverability in terms of meeting the Planning Conditions attached to Planning Permission for the project and on-site technical considerations. Once this exercise is complete, an options report for the project will be presented to Cabinet.

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1: Do nothing. Under this option, no further work will take place on the project, and no further expenditure will be incurred. However, the £120K incurred thus far on developing the project would be abortive expenditure.
Option 2: Progress the project. Under this option, market testing will be carried out using the GMCA “Go Neutral” procurement call-off framework to secure high-level market feedback on outline costs, delivery and financing options as well as practical deliverability in terms of
meeting the Planning Conditions attached to Planning Permission for the project and on-site technical considerations. Once this exercise is complete, an options report for the project will be presented to Cabinet.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1: Do nothing. Under this option, no further work will take place on the project, and no further expenditure will be incurred. However, the £120K incurred thus far on developing the project would be abortive expenditure.

Publication date: 17/06/2022

Date of decision: 09/06/2022

Effective from: 25/06/2022

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