Plans for UK’s biggest solar farm in Kent

A solar power plant that would be the UK’s biggest is being planned for Kent. Developers Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy expect to install solar panels across 890 acres – equivalent to more than 400 football pitches. They would generate enough electricity to power aorund 110,000 households. Battery storage could also be incorporated to provide […]

‘Landmark’ Ofgem decision fuels UK’s storage market

A commercial solar farm in Northampton can retain its Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidy status even when the electricity generated is used to charge storage batteries. Ofgem’s announcement is said to be a landmark decision, which removes one of the key barriers to deploying storage in the UK. Anesco’s 5MW solar farm, which is co-located with […]

£100k energy savings land at Belfast Airport

Belfast International Airport is flying high as it has saved more than £100,000 on energy. The savings were made after 10 months of operation of a solar power plant at Crookedstone Road. It is buying clean electricity from the 4.83MW plant through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Lightsource Renewable Energy. The project is […]

Guest Blog: Nick Boyle – Green can’t just be a badge it’s business!

We’re all too aware of the pressures to improve CSR credentials and serious initiatives such as COP21 and RE100 have put carbon emissions reduction firmly back on the agenda for many businesses. Switching to renewable energy can certainly help organisations gain a greener competitive edge but do I think that any of the largest companies […]

Solar-wind hybrid project connected to UK grid

Electricity has been generated at a solar-wind hybrid facility in the UK. Vattenfall’s Carmarthenshire solar farm in southwest Wales, which has a capacity of 4.99MW, shares grid connection with an existing 11-turbine onshore wind project. The solar farm, which the Swedish energy giant started constructing in January, consists of more than 18,500 panels. They are […]

First UK council-run solar bonds offered

Residents in Swindon could have the opportunity to co-invest in a solar project with their local council. The 5MW Swindon Community Solar Farm project is subject to final approval from the cabinet which will consider the proposal on the 10th of February. If given the green light, people can invest directly in Council Solar Bonds […]

Vattenfall to kick off UK solar plans this month

Swedish utility Vattenfall is to start constructing its first solar farm in the UK later this month. The Parc Cynog Solar Farm in Wales, which was granted consent in November last year, will have a total capacity of 4.99MW. More than 18,800 panels will generate enough electricity for around 1,440 homes a year, with first […]

50KW floating solar farm opens in Norfolk

A 50KW floating solar farm has been opened in Norfolk. East Green Energy’s plant is expected to generate more than 43,500kWh of power a year. It can withstand winds of up to 118mph and has the same advantages as a ground or roof mounted solar array although it requires fewer panels for the same output, the company claims. It […]

Manchester to be home to “Europe’s largest” floating solar farm

A floating solar farm with a capacity of 3MW will be installed in Greater Manchester. UK water company United Utilities claims it will be the largest of its kind in Europe. The project costs £3.5 million and will consist of 12,000 solar panels floating in the firm’s Godley reservoir which will generate 2.7GWh of electricity […]

First council-owned solar farm powers up

A £5.2 million solar farm claimed to be the first to be owned by a council has been switched on. Located on 25 acres of West Sussex County Council’s land near Chichester, the 5MW Tangmere solar farm is expected to generate enough electricity to power 1,500 homes. The council is setting up a power purchase […]