German renewables company BayWa r.e. AG and its partner Grune Energien Solar GmbH have been granted planning consent for a 49.9-MW solar project in the UK, the partners said on Thursday.
The approval concerns the Perrinpit Road Solar Farm project in South Gloucestershire, South West England. The scheme will be executed through a joint venture between the two firms and is their second solar development in the UK.
BayWa and Grune Energien intend to launch construction activities early in 2024 with the aim of bringing the plant online later in the same year. Up to 20 jobs are planned to be created during the construction phase. Once up and running, the solar photovoltaic (PV) park is expected to generate enough electricity to cover the consumption of around 15,000 homes per year. According to the developers, the output is seen to boost South Gloucestershire Council’s renewable energy generating capacity by almost 30%.
The Perrinpit project comes with a biodiversity plan that includes the planting of new trees, wildflowers and hedgerows.
This summer, BayWa was among the winners in the UK government’s latest contracts for difference (CfD) auction, securing projects with a combined capacity of over 330 MW. The bundle is comprised of six solar schemes of 236 MW in total and two onshore wind projects totalling 98 MW.
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