Norwegian renewable energy generation giant Statkraft has announced three new utility-scale solar energy farms in the UK. The sites will have a combined capacity of 125.5MWp, and are expected to generate nearly 127GWh of electricity per year when energised. Land is currently being evaluated for two sites in Cornwall – White Cross solar energy farm and Treviscoe solar energy farm, which will share a grid connection. At each of these sites an 18MW battery will also be installed. The third site, Greybarn solar energy farm, is south of Tye Lane, near Bramford sub-station in Mid-Suffolk. This site will include a 55MW battery, according to Statkraft.
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UK solar activity ramps as Statkraft, EDF and Lightsource bp unveil projects. Activity in the UK’s utility-scale solar market has continued to ramp after renewables majors Statkraft, EDF and Lightsource bp all unveiled new projects. Lightsource bp also revealed this week that it will use nearly £20 million of government funding to develop a solar-powered green hydrogen project at the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC). EDF Renewables also acquired two 49.99MW utility-scale solar projects that it intends to develop after receiving planning consent for its maiden large-scale solar project in the UK earlier this month.
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SMS has launched a new solution to offer local housing authorities a fully financed solar generation and smart battery storage solution, entitled Solopower. The green energy technologies will be intelligently controlled and optimised by SMS’s FlexiGrid aggregation software, maximising each home’s consumption of self-generated renewable power from the solar panels. This will also optimise grid import and export via smart meters, utilising the installations to deliver flexible demand-side management. SMS will finance the initial balance sheet, and will then work with institutional finance partners for longer term scaling. As part of Solopower, local councils and housing associations will sign long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with SMS for the installed technologies. These PPAs will account for the bulk of the revenue, with the rest coming from grid services such as the Balancing Mechanism, frequency response,
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