Island Green Power to add over 1 GW of solar at UK coal sites

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September 30 (Renewables Now) - UK solar developer Island Green Power has unveiled plans to install more than 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity at the site of a coal-fired power complex in its home country.

The capacity will be deployed with two projects -- the 600-MW Cottam and 480-MW West Burton in the East Midlands region of England. The solar parks will be sited within the shuttered Cottam and nearby West Burton A coal-fired stations owned by French utility EDF. The second facility is still in operation but is due to be closed next year.

If it gets approval, Island Green Power intends to commence construction of the two PV parks from 2024 onwards. It will use the grid connection points of the two coal-fired plants.

Both solar farms, to be split across several parcels of land, will be equipped with energy storage systems. Given their size, the two schemes will be classified as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP).

Preparations for the first round of public consultations are ongoing, to be followed by environmental surveys and more consultations. The development consent applications for both schemes are due to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at the end of 2022, according to the project websites.

Island Green Power has so far delivered 14 solar projects in the UK and Ireland.

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