The “UK’s most advanced solar farm’, which according to its developers boasts a new commercial model and innovative technology, has been completed by Gridserve and handed over to Warrington Borough Council this week. The 34MW farm, which is expected to generate millions of pounds in profits every year for the council, features panels that generate power on both sides and trackers to move the panels to face the sun all day long. It is also able to control energy flows using a lithium-ion battery storage system and two-way connection, enabling it to store electricity and achieve better power prices, as well as provide services to help National Grid balance supply and demand, including at night. Warrington Council will sell the energy on the open market to pay for local services, while a second 25MW solar farm to be built in Hull will provide the council with enough green electricity to power all its operations.
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