NESF switches on 50-MWp subsidy-free solar farm in UK
UK solar park. Author: Robert Pittman. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
NextEnergy Solar Fund Ltd (LON:NESF) on Monday said it has brought online a 50-MWp solar installation, which is the biggest subsidy-free solar park in the UK.
The Staughton solar farm, located on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border in England, produces enough power to cover the needs of about 15,000 households.
This is the second subsidy-free solar system switched on by NESF this year, after it completed the 5.4-MWp Hall Farm II in Leicestershire in August. The company's portfolio of operating solar assets has reached a total capacity of 755 MWp.
The company also said that the site of its next subsidy-free solar park, High Garrett, is being prepared for construction. It will be an 8.5-MWp extension to the 5-MW Kentishes solar park in Essex, which sells electricity under the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) scheme in the UK and was acquired by NESF in 2016. The new system is due to be completed in the first half of 2020.
NESF plans to add UK subsidy-free assets with a total capacity of about 150 MWp to its portfolio, including 55.4 MWp that are already delivered.