Gridserve hands over 34.7-MW UK subsidy-free solar, storage park

16MW/8.5MWh energy storage project between Smart Power and Sungrow. Image by: Sungrow Power Supply.

December 19 (Renewables Now) - Power infrastructure company Gridserve said Wednesday it had completed a 34.7-MWp subsidy-free solar park with a 27-MW/30-MWh energy storage facility in Yorkshire, northern England.

The company has handed the hybrid solar farm, located in York, over to Warrington Borough Council. Gridserve is also building another 25.7-MWp solar installation for Warrington Borough Council, this one located in Hull and scheduled for handover in early 2020, it said in the statement.

The York solar farm uses SG3125HV-MV inverter stations and 2.5 MW-1 Hour ESS battery storage systems provided by Chinese solar inverters manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd (SHE:300274).

Near the solar farm, which consists of over 90,000 solar panels, Gridserve intends to build an Electric Forecourt, offering charging for private and fleet electric vehicles supplied by the solar system.

"Projects like this, which also require no government subsidy whatsoever, demonstrate that the UK can meet its net zero obligations well before 2050," stated  Gridserve CEO Toddington Harper.

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